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Ebenthali nationality law
Ebenthali nationality law is based on the principles of jus soli and naturalization. As a general rule, any person born in Ebenthal since its independence in 2014 and any person living in Ebenthali territory for more than a year acquires Ebenthali nationality from immediate. Any person is also free to apply for citizenship and nationality provided that it is literate and has no criminal history. Nationality law is regulated by Article 15 of the Royal Ebenthali Constitution.
Birth in Ebenthal
A person born in Ebenthal following independence in 2014 acquires Ebenthali nationality at birth. The only exception applies to children of persons in the service of a foreign government (such as a foreign diplomats). This means that parents and siblings of the Ebenthali child are eligible to apply for permanent residency in Ebenthal, regardless of their nationality or where subsequent siblings were/are born.
Natural Ebenthalis born abroad
Ebenthali law considers as Ebenthali citizens people born abroad in two cases:
- A person born outside Ebenthal of a Ebenthali parent who is in the service of the Ebenthali government; or
- A person born outside Ebenthal of a Ebenthali parent, provided that that person's parents have been living in Ebenthal for at least a year and is expected to live for at least another year.
Naturalization as an Ebenthali citizen
Foreigners automatically acquire Ebenthali nationality if they meet the following criteria:
- One year of permanent residency in Ebenthal.
- No prior criminal conviction, in Ebenthal or in the country of origin.
Dual nationality and loss of Ebenthali citizenship
According to the Ebenthali Constitution, there are no restrictions on the number of nationalities that an Ebenthali citizen may have.
The government has the power to revoke any citizen's nationality as well as the citizens hold the right to relinquish their own nationality. Most of those who lost Ebenthali nationality are due to crimes commited against the Ebenthali state, while some also do it naturalization in another country which requires for the person to relinquish previously held nationality.
As of 2020, there are 126 Ebenthali citizens living in Ebenthal, most of which acquired citizenship by living for more than a year in national territory. These include mostly the Clan Brum and other King Arthur II's relatives (which rules Aldiva, Alvorada, Carlenburg and Belmonte), but also the Princely Families of New Switzerland and Negromonte as well as resident workers and commoner families. In addition to the number of resident citizens, there are still 45 other citizens living outside Ebenthal, mostly foreigners who applied for Ebenthali citizenship, but also very few members of the government, totaling 169 Ebenthali citizens.
Ebenthal does not require visas as a permit for foreigners to enter the national territory, although it grants them at will. Members of the Conference of Santiago, Brazilian and Portuguese citizens do not need to present passports to enter the country as well. Conversely, Ebenthali citizens also do not need to present a passport to enter any member state of the Conference or in Brazil.
- BECOME A CITIZEN Retrieved in 25 August 2020.