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Access to and Loss of Latvian Citizenship

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On 22 July 1994 the Saeima adopted the Law without quotas but with a timetable that allowed naturalization to start with the youngest applicants for citizenship. The Latvian approach to nationality is based on ius sanguinis and nation-State principles. Naturalization is the mode of acquisition of citizenship which has experienced major changes during the period of adoption of the Law until the last amendments in 1998.The general rule in Article 3 of the Citizenship law a child born to parents of whom only one has Latvian citizenship is recognized as a citizen if born in Latvia or if one of the parents has permanent residence in Latvia at the time of birth. Latvian nationality is lost in cases of renunciation or revocation. Liberalization of dual nationality would solve the issue and allow Latvian nationals to register as citizens without losing their other nationality.

Keywords:child; dual nationality; Latvian citizenship; naturalization; Saeima



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