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Nepal: Parliamentary Panel Approves Amendment of Citizenship Act Regarding Naturalization of Foreign Women

(June 30, 2020) On June 21, 2020, the Committee on State Affairs and Good Governance in Nepal’s House of Representatives approved a proposed amendment to Nepal’s Citizenship Act that would require foreign women married to Nepali nationals to wait seven years to become naturalized citizens. The amendment had been under consideration of the committee for […]

Russia: New Law Eliminates Requirement to Renounce Foreign Citizenship

(May 1, 2020) On April 24, 2020, the Russian government portal for legal information published the text of the newly adopted Law on Amending the Law on Citizenship. (Federal Law No. 134-FZ of April 24, 2020, Concerning the Simplification of the Procedure for Acquisition of Russian Citizenship.) The new law, which will enter into force […]

Australia: High Court Rules that Aboriginal People Cannot be Deported

(Feb. 26, 2020) On February 11, 2020, the High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest court) handed down a decision in the case of Love v Commonwealth of Australia [2020] HCA 3 (“Decision”). In the significant judgment, the Court ruled by a majority of 4-to-3 that indigenous Australians who do not hold Australian citizenship cannot be deported. […]

American Samoa: Court Rules Individuals Born in American Samoa Enjoy Birthright United States Citizenship

(Feb. 24, 2020) In December 2019, the United States District Court for the District of Utah issued a memorandum decision finding that individuals born in American Samoa enjoy birthright United States citizenship under Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment. (Fitisemanu v. United States, No. 18-36 (D. Utah Dec. 12, 2019) (Fitisemanu) (order granting summary judgment).) […]

Denmark: Government Asks Parliament to Quickly Pass Act to Administratively Revoke Danish Citizenship

(Oct. 24, 2019) On October 14, 2019, the Danish government asked the Danish Parliament to pass legislation that would allow the minister for Immigration and Housing to administratively strip Danish citizens of their citizenship. Following a legislative amendment that took effect in 2015, Denmark began recognizing dual citizenship. However, the country has also allowed the […]

Saudi Arabia: Law on Passports Amended to Allow Women to Travel Abroad Without a Male Guardian

(Aug. 23, 2019) On July 30, 2019, the king of Saudi Arabia issued Royal Decree M/134, amending Royal Decree M/24 of August 28, 2000, on Passports to allow Saudi women to travel abroad without a male guardian. The amendment also grants permission to Saudi women to obtain a passport without the approval of a male […]

Egypt: Parliament Approves Draft Law Allowing Foreign Investors to Acquire Egyptian Citizenship

(July 31, 2019) On June 10, 2019, the National Defense and Security Committee of the Egyptian Parliament approved a draft law amending the Citizenship Law—Law No. 26 of 1975. The new amendment aims at attracting foreign investors to reside in Egypt. The bill will now be debated among members of Parliament and put to a […]

Germany: Government Proposes Loss of German Citizenship for Foreign Fighters with Dual Citizenship

(May 20, 2019) On May 3, 2019, the press services of the German Bundestag (parliament) reported that the German government had submitted a draft act to amend the rules on German citizenship so that foreign fighters with dual citizenship would automatically lose their German citizenship. (Press Release, German Bundestag, Loss of German Citizenship (May 3, 2019), […]

Poland: Government Proposes National ID Card for Poles Living Abroad

(May 6, 2019) On April 15, 2019, the Bill Amending the Act on the Polish Card was adopted by the Sejm (lower chamber of the Polish legislature) and submitted to the Senate (upper chamber of the Polish legislature) for consideration. (Ustawa z dnia 12 kwietnia 2019 r. o zmianie ustawy o Karcie Polaka [Bill on […]

Norway: Parliament Votes in Favor of Dual Citizenship

(Feb. 6, 2019) On December 6, 2018, the Norwegian Parliament passed a bill that will allow Norwegians to hold dual citizenship. Specifically the amended Citizenship Act will allow Norwegian citizens to retain their citizenship if they apply for another, and let naturalized Norwegian citizens retain their previous citizenship(s). (Lovvedtak 17 (2018/19) [Legislative Enactment 17 (2018/19)], […]