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Information for persons holding dual citizenship

The State Services Development Agency (SSDA) under the Ministry of Justice is currently engaged in efforts to improve electoral lists, and for this purpose has been actively analyzing electoral databases since April 2013. This analysis has revealed that 30,000 persons registered in different regions of Georgia have -- in addition to their Georgian nationality -- acquired the nationality of another country without notifying the Georgian authorities.

 

Pursuant to applicable Georgian laws, this can be grounds for terminating Georgian citizenship, as Georgian legislation does not allow dual citizenship except in cases where Georgian citizenship has been granted to a foreign citizen by the President of Georgia. The aim of the Georgian state is to uphold and maintain the interests of Georgian citizens. The SSDA sent a special letter to all those concerned, irrespective of their status, position and registered address, notifying them that they hold Georgian citizenship illegally.

 

The Ministry of Justice calls on these people to appeal to the SSDA with a request for dual citizenship proceedings to be undertaken in due form. The SSDA will study these applications based upon the expediency of granting dual citizenship, and will send its conclusions to the President’s Administration for consideration. In case of a positive decision being made, the President of Georgia will grant them Georgian citizenship. A foreign citizen wishing to simultaneously hold Georgian citizenship must appeal to the SSDA under the Ministry of Justice.

 

Applications to the President of Georgia should be accompanied by a document certifying the citizenship of a foreign country, two photographs and a copy of the applicant's birth certificate (if the person applying for Georgian citizenship was born abroad and holds such a certificate), and must also be supported by the recommendations of two physical persons.

 

The law provides for a period of three months for the consideration of applications for Georgian citizenship. Persons living abroad can fill in applications online at www.house.gov.ge or contact the information service of the SSDA by dialing (+995 32) 2 405 405.

 
 

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