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FSM now allows dual citizenship

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

Micronesians who have acquired citizenship in another country may now be able to apply for an FSM passport following an amendment to the nation's constitution that now allows dual citizenship.

FSM President Wesley Simina recently issued an executive order completing the final step toward the implementation of the constitutional amendment for dual citizenship, which was ratified by the FSM voters in a referendum on July 4.

The executive directive defines FSM citizens as "individuals born to parents who are FSM citizens and those who were citizens of the trust territory prior to the effective date of the Constitution."

The order clarifies that a "dual citizen" is a person recognized as a citizen of both the FSM and another country. Importantly, it reaffirms that citizenship in another country does not affect one's FSM citizenship, provided the latter persists.

To support passport applications, several documents are accepted as proof of citizenship, including certificates of live birth showing FSM parentage, previously issued FSM passports, and court orders declaring the applicant an FSM citizen.

In certain cases, supplementary proof of citizenship may be considered if reliable. Notably, an affidavit alone signed by the applicant is insufficient as proof of citizenship.

According to the executive order, former FSM citizens who renounced their citizenship in the past may regain their FSM citizenship through naturalization in accordance with existing procedures.

This executive order, following the successful ratification of the constitutional amendments on July 4, , reflects the FSM’s commitment to upholding the rights and privileges of its citizens, including those seeking dual citizenship.

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