The long-awaited amendment to the Act No. 186/2013 Coll. on the Citizenship of the Czech Republic (“Citizenship Act“) will come to an effect on 6 September 2019.
The amendment to the Citizenship Act significantly expands possibilities of obtaining Czech citizenship for descendants of Czech expatriates (mentioned in our previous article: https://rutlandandpartners.com/en/acquiring-and-losing-citizenship-of-the-czech-republic/).
Newly entitled to gain the Czech citizenship are the children and grandchildren of Czech citizens who lost their citizenship (e.g. by acquiring citizenship by naturalization in another country).
Obtaining of the Czech citizenship this way does not require revocation of current citizenship, dual citizenship is possible under Czech law.
Newly qualified for the Czech citizenship can be e.g. United States citizen whose parents left Czechoslovakia after the Soviet occupation in August 1968 and obtained citizenship of the United States (and therefore lost their Czechoslovak citizenship). Their grandchildren would be entitled to Czech citizenship as well.
This amendment may also serve some British citizens as a way to retain the EU passport after the Brexit anticipated in the near future. Nevertheless, in our experience many descendants of Czech emigrants apply for the Czech passport just in order to strengthen ties with their ancestral home and keep the family heritage.
For more information please contact:
Michal Dobiáš, attorney-at-law
rutland & partners, advokátní kancelář s.r.o.
tel: +420 226 226 026