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ACQUIRING CITIZENSHIP BY DECLARATION

ACQUIRING CITIZENSHIP BY DECLARATION

The following declaration pertaining to the Czech state citizenship can be made at the Embassy:

1. a person who is a Czechoslovakian citizen, but never became a Czech citizen, can choose Czech state citizenship by declaration, provided s/he fulfills stipulations of § 6 of Act No. 40/1993 Coll., on acquiring and loosing Czech state citizenship;
2. a person who between February 25, 1948 and March 28, 1990, was stripped of the Czechoslovakian/Czech citizenship, can retrieve the citizenship by making a declaration, provided s/he fulfills stipulations of Act No. 193/1999 Coll., on state citizenship of some former Czechoslovak state citizens, as amended by Act No. 46/2006 Coll.;
3. a person who between February 25, 1948 and March 28, 1990, lost the citizenship by acquiring a citizenship of a country, with which Czechoslovakia concluded an agreement about prevention of dual citizenship, provided s/he fulfills stipulations of Act No. 193/1999 Coll., on state citizenship of some former Czechoslovak state citizens, as amended by Act No. 46/2006 Coll.;
4. a citizen of Slovakia, who was citizen of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic on December 31, 1992, and who acquired Slovak citizenship by conferment between January 1, 1994, and September 1, 1999, can make a declaration about acquiring of Czech state citizenship, provided s/he did not acquire it already otherwise;
5. a citizen of Slovakia born on the territory of Slovakia to parents, of whom one had Czech citizenship and the other Slovak citizenship and at the same time was a citizen of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic on December 31, 1992 and was younger than 18, can make a declaration about acquiring of Czech state citizenship, provided s/he fulfills stipulations of § 18c of Act No. 40/1993 Coll., on acquiring and loosing Czech state citizenship.

Declaration can be made by a person who is at minimum 18 years old. Younger persons can be included in a declaration of their parents or their parents can file a separate declaration for them. Persons between the ages 15 and 18 can make a declaration only with the consent of both parents. If only one parent makes a declaration, consent of the second parent is required. This applies if parental responsibilities have not been legally suspended.

The following documents are always required to file a declaration:
a) birth certificate;
b) marriage certificate, if the declarant is married, or other document confirming family status;
c) identification document.

The following documents are required according to a specific situation:
d) birth certificate of a child;
e) document about revocation of citizenship or decision about withdrawal of citizenship;
f) United States naturalization document;
g) certificate about acquiring of Slovak citizenship;
h) document attesting Slovak citizenship;
i) others as applicable.

All public documents issued outside of the Czech Republic must be legalized, as applicable. Public documents issued in Israel must be equipped with a certificate of authenticity of signature - the so-called Apostille, issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or a Magistrates Court. All public documents in a foreign language must be officially translated into Czech. These requirements do not apply for public documents issued in Slovakia.

Relevant information is also available on the web site of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.