UAE Federal Law No. 17 CONCERNING NATIONALITY AND PASSPORTS
Posted on 13th July 2010 by Camille Paldi,
FEDERAL LAW NO. 17
Issued on 18/11/1972
Corresponding to 13 Shawwal 1392 H.
CONCERNING NATIONALITY AND PASSPORTS
Federal Law no . 10/1975 dated 15/11/1975
We, Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates State,
Pursuant to the perusal of the provisional 2 Constitution; and
Law no. 1 of 1972 regarding the Jurisdiction of Ministries and the Powers of Ministers; and
Law no. 2 of 1972 regarding the Regulation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and
Acting upon the proposal of the Minister of Interior and Foreign Affairs and the approval of the Council of Ministers and the Federal National Council and the ratification of the Federal Supreme Council,
Have promulgated the following Law:
ACQUISITION OF NATIONALITY
The nationality can be acquired by law, affiliation or naturalization pursuant to the following Articles.
As amended by Federal Law no. 10 dated 15/12/1975:
Shall be deemed a citizen by law
a – Any Arab settled in any of the member Emirates during or before year 1925, and who has maintained his regular residence until the date of enforcement of this Law.
Residence of ascendants shall be deemed complementary to residence of descendants.
b – A child born in the State or abroad to a national father by law.
c – A child born in the State or abroad to a national mother by law and whose affiliation to the father is not legally established.
d – A child born in the State or abroad to a national mother by law and of unknown father or stateless.
e – A child born in the State of unknown parents. Unless otherwise established, the foundling shall be deemed born in the State.
As amended by Federal Law no. 10 dated 15/11/1975:
Marriage of foreign woman to a citizen shall not result to her acquisition of the nationality of her husband unless by declaration made to the Ministry of Interior of her will and should the wedlock continues three years from the date of declaration. It is also conditioned upon renunciation of her original nationality.
If the woman is married to a citizen before the date of implementation of this Law, and if wedlock is still existing or if her husband deceased leaving children from him , and if she is bearing the passport of any Emirate or she is mentioned in the passport of her husband, she shall be entitled to citizenship by affiliation provided that she renounces her original nationality. In all instances, the husband shall not affiliate to his wife’s nationality.
Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 17 of this Law, the wife; who has acquired the nationality of her husband by affiliation pursuant to the preceding Article, shall retain the State nationality in case of her husband’s death. Her nationality shall not be withdrawn except for the following two instances:
a – Her marriage to a person bearing foreign nationality.
b – Resumption of her original nationality or acquisition of another nationality.
As amended by Federal Law no . 10 dated 15/12/1975:
State citizenship may be granted to the following categories:
a – An Arabian person from Omani , Qatari or Bahraini origin settling in the State continuously and lawfully for at least three years directly previous to the date of submitting naturalization application on condition he has lawful source of living, be well reputed, and not convicted by a crime against honor or trust .
b – Individuals of Arab tribes emigrated from neighbor countries to the State and settled lawfully and continuously for at least three years directly previous to the date of submitting naturalization application.
As amended by Federal Law no . 10 dated 15/12/1975:
State citizenship may be granted to any Arab fully competent who has resided continuously and legally in the member Emirates for at least seven years directly previous to date of submitting naturalization application on condition he has lawful source of living, be well reputed and not convicted by a crime against honor or trust.
State citizenship may be granted to any person fully competent who has resided continuously and legally in the member Emirates since or before 1940 and retained his regular residence until the date of implementation of this Law. He must have lawful source of living, be well reputed, not convicted by a crime against honor or trust, and proficient in Arabic language.
State citizenship may be granted to any person other than those mentioned in Articles 5 and 6 who is fully competent and residing continuously and legally in the member Emirates for at least twenty years after the implementation of this Law on condition he must have lawful source of living, be well reputed, not convicted by a crime against honor or trust and proficient in Arab language.
It is allowed to grant citizenship to any person who renders honorable services to the State without observing residence periods specified in the preceding Articles.
The wife of a citizen by naturalization shall be considered citizen by naturalization if she renounces her original nationality. Minor children of a citizen by naturalization shall also be considered citizens by naturalization unless they decide to resume their original nationality within one year following the date of majority.
Naturalization shall not be granted to any person unless he renounces his original nationality. 2
Nationality shall be given only once.
A Citizen by naturalization who has acquired citizenship pursuant to the provisions of Articles 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 shall not have the right of nomination, election or appointment in any parliamentary or public organizations or ministerial posts. Shall be excluded from this Article; citizens of Omani, Qatari or Bahraini origin after the elapse of seven years from the date of acquisition of nationality.
Posted on 13th July 2010 by Camille Paldi
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MOHAMMAD MAJIBUL commented...
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sayed safiullah hussain commented...
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