The government of Sweden plans to tighten citizenship rules, thus making the process of acquiring citizenship in this country more difficult.
Recently, the government introduced a decision to redesign the current means of getting citizenship, adding an investigations concerning the manners in which it can most effectively tighten these rules, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Legally and symbolically, Swedish citizenship signifies membership in Swedish society and carries a very high value.
Maria Malmer Stenergard, Sweden’s Minister of Migration, stated in a press release issued by the Ministry of Justice that tightening the requirements for acquiring citizenship also raises the value of citizenship.
She stressed that the investigation is a significant part of the government’s work to fortify Swedish citizenship, adding that such changes are also vital to promote integration.
The investigator must, among other things, comply with the most recent changes:
If you want to become a citizen, you should make it a requirement to live here for a longer period of time.
Propose what additional knowledge regarding Swedish society and culture should be needed to require citizenship.
Propose a requirement of self-sufficiency and honest living in order to benefit from Swedish citizenship.
“It is not part of the investigator’s mandate to submit proposals for constitutional amendments. The assignment must be reported no later than September 30, 2024,” the statement reads.
In addition, the Swedish government proposed extending the current requirement that a person be a permanent resident of this territory for four to five years before being eligible to apply for citizenship to eight years.
These are reasonable prerequisites that add to better reconciliation and that the country ought to now force on Swedish citizenship.
Sweden will no longer be considered one of the easiest countries to become a citizen once the new changes take effect. In contrast, when it comes to this process, it will be among the nations with strict rules for foreigners.
The minister stated that they are not looking for superhumans, but rather to bring Sweden into line with many other countries’ requirements. She also emphasized that the recent changes will give the country a higher value over time, which will aid internationals in integrating.
At this time, a person must be 18 years old, be eligible to verify their identity, meet the requirements for habitual residence, have lived an ordered life in this country, and owns a permanent residence permit, right of residence, or residency card in order to become a citizen of Sweden.