Fast-track Hungarian citizenship attracts over 27,000 applicants

Budapest, February 12 (MTI) – A total of 27,734 people have submitted applications for Hungarian citizenship under a new law, with the oldest applicant aged 99, the commissioner in charge of the citizenship procedure told MTI on Saturday.

Most of the applications have been filed in Romania’s Miercurea-Ciuc and Cluj-Napoca, in Serbia’s Subotica and in Budapest under the law that grants Hungarian citizenship to ethnic Hungarians in neighbouring countries in a simplified procedure, said Tamas Wetzel.

    Responses have been favourable and the interest in fast-track citizenship has been steady since the law took effect on January 1, he said.

    He added that until now as many applications had been received each week as during the whole of last year.

    By surprise, many elderly people have submitted their application who become Hungarian citizens now for the third time, Wetzel said. The oldest applicant was born in 1912, he added.

    Under the new citizenship law, people or their descendants are eligible for Hungarian citizenship if they were Hungarian citizens before 1920 or between 1938 and 1945. Unlike previously, permanent residency in Hungary is not a requirement.

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