Procedures for obtaining Albanian citizenship are facilitated

The Law Commission approved article by article the draft law on “Citizenship”, which has expanded the ways of acquiring citizenship, giving the opportunity to that part of the Albanian people living outside the borders of the Republic of Albania,  to have a stable legal connection with the Albanian state.

The Deputy Minister of Interior, Rovena Voda, during the work in the Commission emphasized that this law has defined clearer criteria for the acquisition of Albanian citizenship, which vary depending on the manner of acquisition and category of foreigners.

“The proposed draft law has expanded the ways of acquiring citizenship, providing for the acquisition of citizenship by origin, giving the opportunity to that part of the Albanian people living outside the borders of the Republic of Albania, as the part that has emigrated early, but also of the part that has emigrated after the changes that took place in our country, after the ’90s, and who want to have a stable legal connection with the Albanian state, but who at the same time have maintained linguistic, cultural and traditional ties with Albania “, – said Voda.

“In the case of the acquisition of Albanian citizenship, more facilitated criteria have been set, since the person was an Albanian citizen and the same criteria can not be applied to him as foreign citizens, but, nevertheless, respecting the principle of non-discrimination”, – said Voda.

Regarding investors, Voda said that, “the draft law provides and regulates special cases of gaining citizenship in cases where the Republic of Albania has a national interest or interest in the field of education, science, art, culture, economy and sports, authorizing the regulation with a sub-legal act, as such a thing has been missing, making it impossible not to follow a defined and unified procedure for all cases, in the responsible institutions”.

“Conditions are provided for the renunciation of Albanian citizenship and, in particular, for the child, such as the regulation of the case of renunciation for the child with divorced parents. In this case, the request for relinquishing of Albanian citizenship is made by the parent, who has been given parental responsibility by a final court decision, resolving issues related to the consent of the other parent, when he is not found or “refuses” the grant of consent “, – said Voda.

Voda said that “in order to resolve the issue of statelessness in the draft law, but also to facilitate the criteria for its recovery, it was deemed necessary to set a deadline for Albanian citizens who have renounced Albanian citizenship due to the promise to obtain another citizenship”.

Voda clarified that for citizens from Kosovo it is also provided to have a connection of origin with our country up to the third generation.

“Kosovar citizens are our compatriots and with this draft law it could seem as if everyone could get an Albanian passport. But, it is not so. As the draft law states that the acquisition of citizenship for origin, should be up to the third generation, we had it until the second, but now it is up to the third, but based on the origin certified as Albanian origin, ie a Kosovar citizen must prove that he has a grandmother or grandfather from Shkodra, Kukes or other cities in Albania” said Voda.

The Law Commission after the discussions voted article by article on the draft law on citizenship and now the discussions will continue in the following days in the National Security Commission as the Commission responsible for this law.

/Klara Ruci/

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