Citizenship Act (2019)

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** TEXT CURRENT AS OF 16TH JUNE 2020 **


Citizenship Act (2019)

An Act describing the processes that govern the granting and revocation of citizenship and other forms of forum access.


Short Title


(1) This Act may be cited as the Citizenship Act (2019).


Responsibility for Citizenship Applications


(2) The President or their designee shall have authority over processing requests for citizenship and diplomatic access.


Waiting Period for Citizenship Applications


(3) Upon submission of a citizenship application, an applicant will enter a waiting period of no more than five days and will be placed in a specialized user group during this time. However, the President or a designated deputy may extend this period on determining doing so is in the interest of regional security or to comply with the other provisions of this section. The specialized user group shall allow the applicant to participate in public sections of the forum but exclude the ability to vote in elections; applicants within this group are not citizens. No citizenship application submitted in the period beginning five days before voting is scheduled to open in a Presidential or General Election and ending at the conclusion of that election may be granted until the conclusion of that election.

(4) If, during the time period described in s3 above, the applicant meets the discretionary standards of security checks as defined by the President or their respective designee, and is not denied citizenship under the standards in the below list or by Presidential discretion for a breach of Europeian law, they shall be granted citizenship.


Processing of Citizenship Applications


(5) The President, or other designee with responsibility for citizenship applications, must grant a request for citizenship, unless:

(i) The applicant fills out the citizenship application form in a manner that is untrue or incomplete;
(ii) The applicant does not have a nation in Europeia or does not comply with any guidelines set out by the President or their responsible Minister;
(iii) A security reason for denial of citizenship is advised by the Director of the Europeian Intelligence Agency;
(iv) A Europeian court order is in place to the effect that the applicant is not permitted to hold citizenship of Europeia;
(v) The granting of citizenship to the applicant is deemed to pose an unacceptable risk to the well-being of Europeia;
(vi) The granting of citizenship to the applicant would be a violation of Europeian Law; or,
(vii) The President or their designee has insufficient information to perform a reasonable background check.

(6) If a request for citizenship is granted, and subsequently it is discovered that such a request should have been denied for reasons described in items (i), (ii), (iv), (vi) or (vii) in s5 of this act, then the citizenship so granted shall be voidable at the discretion of the President or their responsible Minister within a reasonable period of time after the grounds for denial are discovered.


Processing of Ambassadorship Applications


(7) No person shall be permitted to serve as an ambassador to Europeia if they could not legally be a citizen of Europeia, except that ambassadors need not have a nation in the region.


Overruling of decisions relating to such applications


(8) The President may overrule any decisions taken by their Ministers or other deputies on matters relating to citizenship and diplomatic access.

(9) The President, or other designee with responsibility for citizenship applications, shall announce procedures for how and where a citizen may petition to change their documented nation. An official change will be made once it is approved by the President or other designee with responsibility for citizenship applications.

(i) Petitions to change a documented nation shall only be denied if the new documented nation does not meet the requirements for citizenship.

(ii) These procedures shall be announced publicly near the commencement of each Presidential term by the President or their designee.


Review of Europeian Citizenships


(10) The President or their designee shall have the authority to review the citizenship status of citizens.
(a) As the result of a review, citizenship shall be revoked for any citizens who are discovered to have not logged in and posted to the Europeian forum for 30 or more days, as well as citizens whose documented nation does not reside in Europeia. A "post" shall be defined as "any piece of content that registers under the Postings tab of a member's profile on the Europeian forum".
(b) Any review shall encompass the entire Citizenry.
(c) A review must be done at least once every 70 days.
(d) The Citizenry shall be notified of an impending review at least 24 hours and no more than 72 hours prior to the start of the review.


(11) Citizenship shall be neither granted nor revoked during any election or referendum currently open for voting.
 
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Citizenship Act (2019)

An Act describing the processes that govern the granting and revocation of citizenship and other forms of forum access.


Short Title


(1) This Act may be cited as the Citizenship Act (2019).


Responsibility for Citizenship Applications


[(2) The President or their designee shall have authority over processing requests for citizenship and diplomatic access.]3


Waiting Period for Citizenship Applications


[(3) Upon submission of a citizenship application, an applicant will enter a waiting period of no more than five days and will be placed in a specialized user group during this time. However, the President or a designated deputy may extend this period on determining doing so is in the interest of regional security or to comply with the other provisions of this section. The specialized user group shall allow the applicant to participate in public sections of the forum but exclude the ability to vote in elections; applicants within this group are not citizens. No citizenship application submitted in the period beginning five days before voting is scheduled to open in a Presidential or General Election and ending at the conclusion of that election may be granted until the conclusion of that election.

(4) If, during the time period described in s3 above, the applicant meets the discretionary standards of security checks as defined by the President or their respective designee, and is not denied citizenship under the standards in the below list or by Presidential discretion for a breach of Europeian law, they shall be granted citizenship.]3


Processing of Citizenship Applications


[(5) The President, or other designee with responsibility for citizenship applications, must grant a request for citizenship, unless:

(i) The applicant fills out the citizenship application form in a manner that is untrue or incomplete;
(ii) The applicant does not have a nation in Europeia or does not comply with any guidelines set out by the President or their responsible Minister;
(iii) A security reason for denial of citizenship is advised by the Director of the Europeian Intelligence Agency;
(iv) A Europeian court order is in place to the effect that the applicant is not permitted to hold citizenship of Europeia;
(v) The granting of citizenship to the applicant is deemed to pose an unacceptable risk to the well-being of Europeia;
(vi) The granting of citizenship to the applicant would be a violation of Europeian Law; or,
(vii) The President or their designee has insufficient information to perform a reasonable background check.

(6) If a request for citizenship is granted, and subsequently it is discovered that such a request should have been denied for reasons described in items (i), (ii), (iv), (vi) or (vii) in s5 of this act, then the citizenship so granted shall be voidable at the discretion of the President or their responsible Minister within a reasonable period of time after the grounds for denial are discovered.]3


Processing of Ambassadorship Applications


(7) No person shall be permitted to serve as an ambassador to Europeia if they could not legally be a citizen of Europeia, except that ambassadors need not have a nation in the region.


Overruling of decisions relating to such applications


[(8) The President may overrule any decisions taken by their Ministers or other deputies on matters relating to citizenship and diplomatic access.

(9) The President, or other designee with responsibility for citizenship applications, shall announce procedures for how and where a citizen may petition to change their documented nation. An official change will be made once it is approved by the President or other designee with responsibility for citizenship applications.

(i) Petitions to change a documented nation shall only be denied if the new documented nation does not meet the requirements for citizenship.

(ii) These procedures shall be announced publicly near the commencement of each Presidential term by the President or their designee.]3


Review of Europeian Citizenships


[[(10) The President or their designee shall have the authority to review the citizenship status of citizens.
(a) As the result of a review, citizenship shall be revoked for any citizens who are discovered to have not logged in and posted to the Europeian forum for 30 or more days, as well as citizens whose documented nation does not reside in Europeia. A "post" shall be defined as "any piece of content that registers under the Postings tab of a member's profile on the Europeian forum".
(b) Any review shall encompass the entire Citizenry.
(c) A review must be done at least once every 70 days.
(d) The Citizenry shall be notified of an impending review at least 24 hours and no more than 72 hours prior to the start of the review.]2]3


(11) Citizenship shall be neither granted nor revoked during any election or referendum currently open for voting.


Legislative History


This Act became Law on 3rd February 2019.
The Senate, as per the Executive Split Transition Act (2019), set enactment of this Law for the 17th February 2019.
1 Proxy Waiver Repeal Act (2019).
2 Citizenship Review Amendment (2020).
3 Executive Modernization Omnibus Act (2020).
 
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