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by Zsolt Szemerszky

Zsolt Szemerszky

How can you become a citizen of Monaco?

How can you become a citizen of Monaco?

Many people’s dream, including myself as well, is to become a citizen of Monaco. It is not about loyalty or a passport; it is more about being a part of an ideal community.

There are many possibilities for gaining citizenship, however, in many cases the process can be extremely hard since naturalisation is granted only by sovereign ordinance. And once the Prince has made his decision, it is incontestable.

Decisions of rejecting or deferring the request are not subject to appeal, and it can happen that your request is always rejected, even if your request satisfies all the pre-conditions laid down, as these merely confer the right to make the request for naturalisation.

It may seem very personal… well it is.

In general, any person who has been ordinarily a resident in Monaco for at least ten years after reaching the age of eighteen may apply to H.S.H The Sovereign Prince for naturalisation as a citizen of Monaco.

The Department of Justice is responsible for examining applications for naturalisation and presenting a report to H.S.H. The Sovereign Prince in accordance with the provisions of the organic law of 9 March 1918.

During the examination phase, a number of other authorities are consulted, in particular the Minister of State.

Monégasque citizenship is generally granted to those who fulfilled one of the following criteria:

  • Individual with family ties to the Monégasque community
  • Individual who is well integrated into the economic, social, orcultural life of the Principality
  • Individual deemed worthy of this favour by H.S.H. The Sovereign Prince

The French authorities are consulted on all applications that have received a favourable response from H.S.H The Sovereign Prince prior to the publication of the Sovereign Ordinance.

Once your nationality has been successfully granted, a certificate of nationality will be provided to you, which is required for certain administrative documents in Monaco. In such cases, you can request that the Town Hall Nationality Department send the certificate directly to the relevant department.

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