PALAU BILL ALLOWS DUAL CITIZENSHIP

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Measure conforms to 2008 constitutional amendment

By Bernadette H. Carreon KOROR (Palau Horizon, August 5, 2009) - A measure was introduced in the House of Delegates in order to allow for dual citizenship to conform with the 17th amendment to the Constitution.

The bill which was jointly introduced by Delegates Jonathan Isechal, Horace Rafael, .Marhence Madrangchar, Rebluud Kesolei and Celestine Yangilmau will be consistent with the November 2008 amendments which stated that citizenship of other foreign nations shall not affect a person’s Palauan citizenship.

The measure will put in place a mechanism in the registration of dual citizenship.

The amendment mandates that a citizen of Palau, who is also a citizen of another nation, shall be entitled to retain such dual citizenship unless or until citizenship of either country is renounced or otherwise lost.

The Ministry of Justice will be the ministry tasked to issue a certificate of naturalization or citizenship.

A certificate of naturalization or of citizenship may be issued by the Minister of Justice upon the request of a citizen of Palau and have the same effect in all courts and public offices of the Republic, at home and abroad, as a certificate of naturalization or of citizenship issued by a court having naturalization jurisdiction.

Only persons born of parents, one or both of whom are citizens of Palau or are of recognized Palauan ancestry, may be eligible to become naturalized citizens.

The measure stated that only the Justice Minister can make rules and regulations.

Employees may be designated by the Minister of Justice to administer oaths and to take depositions relating to the administration of this chapter.

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