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A. B. The case of preservation of dual citizenship

A citizen of Lithuania had left for Israel in 2009. The citizen of Lithuania wished acquiring a citizenship of Israel; however, he did not wish renouncing the citizenship of Lithuania. He wished to have a double citizenship. The parents and the grandparents of the person were citizens of Lithuania prior to 15 June 1940.
If a citizen of Lithuania acquires a citizenship of another state, the Migration Department of Lithuania shall be informed about such an acquisition no later than within 3 month from the date of acquisition of a citizenship of the foreign state. After submission of a notice on acquisition of a citizenship of the foreign state, the Migration Department of Lithuania shall consider the problem of losing the citizenship of Lithuania by the person. The citizenship of Lithuania may be preserved, if the circumstances making the applicant eligible for being a citizen of Lithuania and a citizen for another state (such as a fact of being a citizen of Lithuania prior to 15 June 1940, a fact of leaving Lithuania before 11 March 1990, a fact of deportation and so on) are disclosed.
The grandfather of the applicant was born in 1924 in Lithuania and lived there until 1944. During the World War II, the grandfather of the applicant was brought by Germans for forced labour at concentration camps in Germany. The Law of Republic of Lithuania on Citizenship provides cases when a person can be simultaneously a citizen of Lithuania and a citizen of another state. According to the provisions of the Article 7 Paragraphs 2 and 4 of the Law of Republic of Lithuania on Citizenship, a person can be simultaneously a citizen of Lithuania and a citizen of another state, if he (she) had been deported from occupied Lithuania prior to 11 March 1990 and had acquired a citizenship of another state or is a descendant of such a person.
The bringing of the grandfather of the above-mentioned person for forced labour was equated to a fact of deportation and the Migration Department of Lithuania certified the applicant’s eligibility for dual citizenship, i.e. to be simultaneously a citizen of Israel and a citizen of Lithuania.

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