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June 9, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"In the reporting period, the Act of 15 February 1962 on Polish citizenship was in force (Dz. U. of 2000, No 28, item 353, as amended). None of the provisions of this Act discriminated against women as regards acquiring, changing or retaining their citizenship" (37).
March 13, 2021, 7:13 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"In August, the Trudeau government announced that First Nations women would be treated equally under the Indian Act, enabling them to retain their Indigenous status if they marry non-Indigenous men" (para 6).
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

“Regarding acquisition of nationality by marriage: a foreigner married to a national (man or woman) for more than five years, may, after the views of the spouse have been heard, apply for and acquire Angolan nationality by marriage, as can foreigners married to an Angolan national who lose their previous nationality because of the marriage. The annulment or declaration of invalidity of the marriage does not affect the nationality acquired by a spouse or partner who acquired it in good faith. Hence, the Nationality Act gives women equal rights and is completely in line with article 9 of the Convention” (pp. 31).
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:24 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"'I can't forget how terribly I was shocked when after my marriage I realized my children could not get Iranian ID despite the fact that I was Iranian,' Samaneh's mother said. 'I felt I wasn't a full person' (para 10). "Lack of access to free education or work permission is not the only problem my children have, they are tired of being constantly humiliated for having an Afghan father,' Khaleghzadeh said. 'Now, they are happy that they can be recognized as Iranian'" (para 12).
Dec. 20, 2020, 6:53 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"It is extremely difficult for Bahraini women to convey their Bahrani citizenship to their children, foreign born spouses, and stateless spouses" (5-6).
Sept. 4, 2020, 9:43 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1, CLCC-LAW-1

"Unlike men, women cannot pass their citizenship to their children and foreign spouses" (para 3).
Aug. 13, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1, CLCC-LAW-1

"Iranian women, unlike men, cannot pass on their nationality to their foreign-born spouses or their children. However, after more than a decade of women’s rights activism, on October 2, the Guardian Council, a body of 12 Islamic jurists, finally approved an amended law that the Iranian parliament had passed on March 13, that now allows Iranian women married to men with foreign nationality to request Iranian citizenship for their children under age 18. A child who has already turned 18 could directly request Iranian citizenship. The law, however, required the Intelligence Ministry and the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to certify that there is no “'ecurity...more
Aug. 7, 2020, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Article 9 of Jordan's nationality law does not allow Jordanian women married to non-Jordanian spouses to pass on their nationality to their spouse and children" (para 18).
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"The Nationality Law of the DPRK is fully consistent with the principle of freedom of choice of nationality, the International Convention on the Conflict of Nationality and the Convention. Therefore, women in the DPRK enjoy equal rights with men in respect of acquisition, change and retaining of nationality. These rights are guaranteed by the Nationality Law and the Law on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women, which stipulate that the DPRK nationality shall not change by reason of marriage, divorce, adoption or dissolution of adoption (art. 11) and women are entitled, on terms of equality with men, to acquire, change or retain their nationality, and the nationality...more
May 21, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Article 45 of the Nationality Law (Decree No. 1613) provides that a Guatemalan woman married to a foreign national shall retain her nationality, unless she opts for that of her husband. She also retains it if she acquires the husband’s nationality solely because foreign legislation so requires. She shall only be presumed to have adopted his nationality if she, jointly or separately, uses a passport corresponding to her husband’s nationality. This presumption is automatic in the sense that it does not allow any evidence to the contrary. However, the presumption shall cease if she uses that passport solely to visit her husband’s country. This means that the woman can obtain...more
Feb. 14, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"The majority of undocumented Palestinians were men, many of them married to UNRWA-registered refugees or Lebanese citizen women, who could not transmit refugee status or citizenship to their husbands or children" (24). "Nationality law also discriminates against women, who may not confer citizenship to their spouses and children, although widows may confer citizenship to their minor children" (29).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Foreign male spouses of female citizens are entitled to permanent residency in the country without needing a sponsor, and they receive free government education and medical benefits. These spouses are also included in the quota of Saudis employed in private companies under the 'nitaqaat,' or labor quota system, which improves their employment prospects. Female citizens must also be between the ages of 30 and 55 in order to marry a non-Saudi man. Non-Saudi wives of Saudi men receive more rights if they have children resulting from their marriage with a Saudi man. Male citizens must be between the ages of 40 and 65 in order to marry a non-Saudi woman...Children...more
July 19, 2019, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Act No. 2014-60 of 5 November 2014 relating to the Nationality Code, allowing women to transfer citizenship through marriage and introducing the possibility of dual citizenship" (2).
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"The constitution does not allow women to convey citizenship to their children independent of the citizenship of the child’s father (see section 2.d.) and has no specific provision for naturalization of foreign husbands married to Nepali wives" (Pg 28).
July 15, 2019, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"The law bases citizenship on birth to at least one citizen parent, marriage to a male citizen, or naturalization" (page 24). "Women were unable to confer citizenship to their noncitizen spouses in the same way as male citizens" (page 30).
July 14, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Noncitizen husbands of citizens may not apply for permanent resident status until they reside in the country for a minimum of seven years, whereas noncitizen wives may do so after two years of marriage" (p. 16).
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"The Constitution (Article 33) guarantees equal rights to nationality for every Cambodian citizen. Women have the rights to decide their nationality, will not lose their nationality regardless of their marriage and have equal rights to men with respect to the nationality of their children" (39).
July 11, 2019, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act of 2009 provides for equal rights of women and men to transfer their nationality to their… foreign spouse" (8).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"A non-Muslim woman who does not convert to the religion of her husband is also ineligible for naturalization as a citizen" (p. 21).
June 21, 2019, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"In 2013 the government clarified regulations governing the status of non-Saudi men married to Saudi women. Foreign male spouses of female citizens are entitled to permanent residency in the country without needing a sponsor, and they receive free government education and medical benefits. These spouses also are entitled to count towards the Nitaqaat, or percentage a company’s or enterprise’s employees who are Saudis, which improves their employment prospects. Non-Saudi wives of Saudi men receive more rights if they have children resulting from their marriage with a Saudi man than if they do not" (Pg 29). "Nationality law discriminates against women, who cannot directly transmit citizenship to their children (see section...more
June 17, 2019, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Women married to noncitizens may not transmit citizenship to their children and cannot sponsor their noncitizen husband’s presence in the country" (Pg 15).
June 10, 2019, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Article 26 of the Constitution of the Republic stipulates that Mozambican nationality via marriage can be acquired: (a) By a foreigner who has been married to a Mozambican citizen for at least five years, except in cases of statelessness, yet cumulative; (b) By a foreigner who declares to wanting to acquire the Mozambican nationality; (c) By a foreigner who meets the requisites and the norms prescribed by the law. It should be noted that the declaration of nullity or dissolution of the marriage does not prejudice the acquired nationality of the spouse. And by affiliation article 28 of the 2004 Constitution of the Republic defends that through the act of...more
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Women may not petition for citizenship for noncitizen husbands, who may apply for citizenship only after fulfilling a requirement that they maintain continuous Jordanian residency for 15 years" (24).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"The Committee remains concerned that, some provisions on nationality in the State party’s legislation notwithstanding, although such rights are possessed by Barbadian men, there are no constitutional rights for Barbadian women with regard to the following: (b) The right of Barbadian women to transfer their nationality to their foreign husbands" (8).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"The ministry typically approved marriages to foreigners if the foreigner provided an embassy letter stating that the government of the non-Yemeni spouse had no objection to the marriage and presented a marriage contract signed by a judge. Frequently, bribes facilitated approval; there was no available information on current practice" (14). "The foreign wife of a male citizen must remain in the country for two years to obtain a residency permit. Any citizen who wishes to marry a foreigner must obtain the permission of the Ministry of Interior. A woman wishing to marry a foreigner must present proof of her parents’ approval. A foreign woman who wishes to marry a male...more
May 21, 2019, 7:31 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Citizenship is derived by birth in the country’s territory or from at least one parent who is a citizen" (p. 13).
May 12, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"A person born after 2004 on the island of Ireland (including Northern Ireland) is automatically a citizen if at least one parent was an Irish citizen, a British citizen, a resident of either Ireland or Northern Ireland entitled to reside in either without time limit, or a legal resident of Ireland or Northern Ireland for three of the four years preceding the child’s birth (excluding time spent as a student or an asylum seeker)" (12).
May 4, 2019, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Persons outside the country born to or adopted by one or more Jamaican parents, as well as those married to Jamaican spouses are entitled to citizenship" (p. 11).
April 29, 2019, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela

"The government also worked to restore citizenship for over 1,000 stateless women who had lost Vietnamese nationality after moving abroad to marry foreigners but had subsequently returned to Vietnam upon losing their foreign citizenship (in many cases due to divorce). Approximately 100 applications of these women awaited approval by the government" (26).
April 22, 2019, 7:34 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"Children of female citizens married to noncitizens do not acquire citizenship automatically at birth, but their mothers may obtain citizenship for the children after submitting an application, which a government committee reviews and generally accepts, once the child is 18 years old. A foreign woman may receive citizenship after 10 years of marriage to a citizen" (p. 20).