Repatriation in EU - how long does it take to process the European passport?

Repatriation is a procedure of restoration of citizenship in case of its loss in special occasions. However, if you were born or always lived in another country and held its passport, you can get EU citizenship on specific grounds.

Who can become a repatriate?

The right to get EU passport by repatriation has everyone, who can prove his/her ethnicity of a particular state or territorial affiliation. This can be confirmed by providing documents of your close relatives. For example, to restore Romanian citizenship, you need to present your birth certificate, birth certificates of your parents, grandparents and marriage certificate). However, each of the state has its own demands for the applicants and the documents they should present. More about requirements or a particular procedure, you can find in the legislation of a specific state (article 11 from Law 21/1991 “Regarding Romanian citizenship”, etc).

Main requirements for the applicants are mentioned below:

  • Have no criminal record;
  • Prove your maturity (be over 18 years old);
  • Present the certificates, which prove the ground for repatriation (the baptismal certificate, birth certificate, extract from metric books, birth and marriage certificates of parents and grandparents);
  • • Be able to take an oath.
Repatriation in EU - how long does it take to process the European passport?

It may happen, that people do not know their family tree and decide to pass the naturalization procedure, which is much lengthier (takes about 8-10 years) than repatriation. That is why, everyone should check their chances by applying to the government repositories of a country of relocation.

EU states which support repatriation procedure

There are a few countries in EU, which accept the repatriation procedure:

  • Poland
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia

Those countries have their own demands for the immigrants, but they all suggest the applicants to become EU citizens in a shortest possible way, suggesting repatriation. Moreover, the customers have the opportunity to save their current passport, and become bipatrides. Such feature gives a lot of benefits in the EU, and in the whole world either, because people can use the advantages of both passports, which include:

  • Visa-free travel to over a hundred of countries;
  • Live and work in any European Union state;
  • Use the most convenient bank system;
  • Run business on convenient terms;
  • Education Levels and Scientific Degrees.

Repatriation in EU - how long does it take to process the European passport?

Procedure of restoring citizenship of a particular EU country

Having obtained EU passport, you will be able to travel, live, work and get education in any state of European Union without restrictions.

Repatriation process is famous for fast-registering process and easy preparation (in case you ask for the lawyers' support in the bureaucratic matters). To become EU citizen, you will be obliged to pass a few steps as follows:

  1. Complete the dossier (collect all the papers, translate and notarize them);
  2. Sign up for the submission procedure, and pass that step;
  3. Pass the oath-taking ceremony (and if the country demands, sign up for the interview with the civil servant);
  4. Obtain the citizenship certificate;
  5. Process internal documents.

All those procedures can be handled easily, if you ask for the lawyer's support. As it is already known, immigration demands great knowledge in legislation of a particular country to achieve a successful result.

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