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by Zsolt Szemerszky

Zsolt Szemerszky

Citizenship: Acquisition by declaration

Citizenship: Acquisition by declaration

By reason of birth

During the year following his majority, any person listed below may acquire Monégasque nationality by means of a declaration made before a registrar, provided that he lives in the Principality and proves that he has had his legal domicile or habitual residence there during his minority:

  • Any person born in Monaco of a parent born as a Monégasque, even if this person has lost this nationality;
  • »  Any person born in Monaco of a Monégasque parent and of whom one of the ancestors of the same branch was born Monégasque, even if the parent or ancestor has lost this nationality.

This right is also open, without conditions as to the place of birth or habitual residence or legal domicile to a minor, born before 11 July 1975.

By reason of adoption

A foreigner who has reached his majority and has been adopted by a Monégasque may acquire the Monégasque nationality by means of a declaration made before the registrar, provided that he proves loss of his previous nationality and has established his domicile or habitual residence in Monaco for at least ten years.

If the adopted person is a minor, it is his legal representative who acts in his name. In the year following his majority, the minor whose consent was not sought has, however, the opportunity to repudiate his Monégasque nationality.

In the case of a Monégasque adopted by a foreigner, he retains his nationality if he does not acquire that of the person adopting him.

Municipal rule

The person obtaining the Monégasque nationality does not possess political rights, that is, may neither be an elector nor present himself as a candidate, until the fifth year following the date on which he acquired this nationality.

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