THE INTERIOR Ministry will start returning citizenship to people who lost it after receiving the citizenship of a different country as of February 1, the TASR newswire reported.
More than 900 people have been deprived of their Slovak citizenship since the amendment to the State Citizenship Act became effective in the summer of 2010. It was adopted in response to the Hungarian Dual Citizenship Act, which cleared the path for ethnic Hungarians living abroad to gain Hungarian citizenship.
The ministry does not know to how many people it will return citizenship. Those willing to get it back will have to approach the Interior Ministry with their request for Slovak citizenship and the ministry will assess it. One of the conditions for approving the request will be the existence of permitted, recorded and registered residency in the country whose citizenship the applicants were granted, the press department of the Interior Ministry told TASR.
Since the adoption of the Slovak amendment to the State Citizenship Act, there have been several attempts to moderate the effects of the law, but none were successful. The Constitutional Court meanwhile scrutinised the revision, but it could not say whether it is unconstitutional or not, TASR wrote.
The Interior Ministry currently prepares the changes to the law, based on which people asking for the citizenship of a different country will not lose the Slovak one if they have a permanent residency there.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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15. Jan 2015 at 10:00