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Access to and Loss of Status of Non-Citizen

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When the Law on Former USSR Citizens was adopted, it provided a narrow definition of persons entitled to non-citizen status. Upon transposition of Directive 2003/109 the Saeima decided to extend this regulation to persons who have acquired long-term resident Status in another EU Member State. According to the USSR Citizenship Law, a child can be registered as a Latvian citizen only if both parents are stateless or non-citizens. Cases of revocation of the status of non-citizen are largest mong cases dealt with by the administrative courts. Most cases concern situations when persons have acquired another citizenship but did not inform the Latvian authorities or provided false information. The courts consistently reinforce the status of non-citizens indicating that non-citizens are not stateless persons because they have a special connection with the State of Latvia. The courts treat non-citizen status on the basis of similar principles as citizenship status.

Keywords:Latvian citizen; non-citizen status; revocation; statelessness; USSR Citizens Law



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