Following the success of the first Dual Citizenship Report dedicated to the European Region, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates are now pleased to announce the second report on Dual Citizenship covering Russia and the CIS region. This new report highlights migration trends and presents a comparative analysis of the regulation of dual citizenship in various countries of the CIS Region. The first Dual Citizenship Report has been well-received and praised by clients and collaborators alike. Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, Global Manging Partner of the firm commented that “this second report aims to build on the success of the first issue and reflect the breadth of knowledge on residency and citizenship law administered at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates. This report offers a clear understanding of the laws and regulations of the countries, and acts as an initial reference for individuals looking into attaining dual citizenship.”
  Dual Citizenship Report Russia and CIS

Dual Citizenship laws in Russia and the CIS Region

The report looks at countries in the concerned region and highlights if dual citizenship is allowed, prohibited or restricted, and provides an overview of the way citizenship is granted and under which conditions dual citizenship is allowed. Equally to the previous report, Chetcuti Cauchi collaborated with various specialist Immigration law firms in the region that provided information and commentary on the citizenship laws in their respective country. The primary research was carried between January and April of 2018, through a data gathering exercise. The findings and analysis, based on the feedback gathered, are presented in a country chapter format and in graphical format highlighting the difference in status for the various countries. The report provides an assessment of whether a country allows dual citizenship - meaning it does not forbid having a second citizenship - irrespective of whether the second citizenship is recognised or not. The research reveals that the CIS countries have different ways of regulating dual citizenship. Most countries do not outright prohibit dual citizenship, however they do not recognise the second nationality of their citizens. Some of the countries legally recognise dual (or multiple) citizenship under international treaties, with an example being the agreement between Russia and Tajikistan. The report shows that the citizens of Russia, Moldova and Armenia are free to acquire citizenship of another country. However, under Russian Federal law, Russian citizens must notify the authorities in the case of obtaining a second citizenship, whereas in Moldova and Armenia there is no such requirement.
The report also highlights which countries completely prohibit dual citizenship under any circumstance. The legislation in these countries only allows an individual to be a citizen of that particular country and those who wish to attain a second citizenship must first renounce their original citizenship. Going forward, the research team at Chetcuti Cauchi in collaboration with our international partners, will continue to expand this research to cover more regions of the world.  We are constantly carrying out and publishing research related to our main line of services with a view to assist businesses and private clients seeking professional guidance on matters relating to residency and citizenship law.