Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to regain Serbian citizenship after renouncing it or acquiring foreign citizenship?
The answer is yes!
In this article, we will explore the process of reacquiring Serbian citizenship, as outlined in Article 34 of the Serbian law. Whether you’ve voluntarily given up your Serbian citizenship or it was renounced on your behalf, there’s a path to return.
The Opportunity to Regain Serbian Citizenship
Article 34 of the Serbian law provides a clear opportunity for individuals who have been released from Serbian citizenship and have acquired foreign citizenship or whose parents have requested the renunciation of their Serbian citizenship on their behalf. Here are the key criteria to be eligible for regaining Serbian citizenship:
- Age Requirement: You must be at least 18 years old.
- Capacity: Your legal capacity must not have been revoked.
- Declaration: You need to submit a written statement declaring that you consider the Republic of Serbia as your state.
To initiate the process of regaining Serbian citizenship, you will need to provide the following documents:
a) Birth Certificate: If you were born abroad, you must attach the original birth certificate from the country of your birth.
b) Proof of Foreign Citizenship: You’ll need to provide evidence of your foreign citizenship.
c) Declaration of Affiliation: A signed statement confirming your allegiance to the Republic of Serbia.
d) Identification Document: A copy of your identification document with a photograph (e.g., passport).
e) Payment Receipt: A payment receipt generated through the eGovernment portal for processing fees.
Important Note: The competent authority, with the consent of the applicant, may obtain additional information from official records, such as:
- Personal status records (birth registry, marriage registry, and death registry).
- Records of Serbian citizens – a certificate of citizenship of the Republic of Serbia.
- Other necessary data from official records maintained by competent authorities in the Republic of Serbia.
If you prefer, you can obtain these documents yourself and submit them with your application.
Regaining Serbian citizenship is indeed possible, and Article 34 of the Serbian law provides a clear framework for those who wish to return to their Serbian roots. Whether you renounced your citizenship voluntarily or it was renounced on your behalf, the process allows you to reconnect with the Republic of Serbia. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have the required documentation, you can start your journey towards regaining Serbian citizenship. Don’t miss this second chance to be a Serbian citizen once again!