• January 2, 2015
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First nationality entry to Lithuanian passport

Vilnius Police Migration officers have received the first application form requesting the addition of an entry providing nationality on a Lithuanian passport. The first person to decide to do so is a woman of Ukrainian origin who holds Lithuanian citizenship. The act enabling a person to add the entry about his/her nationality was passed last year.

According to Gintaras Bagužis, the Director of Vilnius Migration Department, a survey conducted by this institution shows that about the half of its petitioners would apply for the addition of such an entry to their passports, but they have not had an opportunity to do so.

‘The group which have the most doubts include people whose parents are of a different origin. In such a case, a person does not want to add an entry about her or his nationality as they are undecided. If both parents of a particular person are Lithuanian, Russian or Polish, the person always seems to want to have an entry about nationality in his or her passport,’ said Bagužis.

Bagužis added that both Lithuanians and ethnic minorities were asking for the possibility of adding the entry about nationality.

Translated by Joanna Stępińska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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