Lithuania plans to allow dual citizenships

Lithuania plans to allow dual citizenships

A group of Lithuanian legislators recently proposed a motion that would enable citizens to own a second passport, with the caveat of it not belong to a nation from their blacklist such as Russia. This would allow citizens more freedom in terms of travel and international business opportunities.

For this issue, they suggest a referendum be held. Sadly, in 2019 the referendum on dual nationalities did not get enough backing and ultimately fell through.

Lithuanians could acquire a second citizenship by satisfying certain prerequisites, such as being a member country of the European Union, European Economic Area, NATO and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This is provided that all eligibility criteria are met under the new proposal.

MP Dalia Asanavičiūtė, the chairperson of the working group, recently declared that it is prohibited for Lithuanian citizens to gain citizenship from Belarus or Russia, and also countries in the Eurasian Economic Union and Collective Security Treaty Organization, The Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and a few other unions or commonwealths previously created by the Soviet Union are political, economic and otherwise connected.

A Lithuanian citizen can hold dual nationality with another country, provided that they meet certain conditions, such as having been exiled from Lithuania before March 11, 1990, or having left before then and married a citizen of another nation.

For children who have dual citizenship of a state on the prohibited list, they must select their preferred citizenship before reaching the age of 24 and this selection needs to be made within three years.

Persons who left Lithuania since the restoration of their independence on March 11, 1990, are not eligible for dual citizenship except in certain cases.

Lithuania's Constitutional Court had previously declared that a referendum was the only way for the government to amend the constitution and incorporate a dual citizenship clause.

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