VANUATU CITIZENSHIP OFFICE AND COMMISSION

The Citizenship’s Office and Commission is a statutory entity established by the Vanuatu Citizenship Act.

In recent years the country has amended its laws to allow for dual citizenship and several types of citizenship classes exist from naturalized citizenship, citizenship by virtue of marriage, citizenship by entitlement, citizenship by investment and honorary citizenship.

In order to facilitate and streamline the processing of Citizenship applications under formal structures intended to minimize uncoordinated processes in providing the country’s citizenship to willing applicants, the Vanuatu Citizenship Commission has appointed designated agents to be the gateway for citizenship applications in different global regional spheres. Applicants must submit their applications to an authorized agent and can’t deal directly with the Citizenship Office.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION

The Commission consists of a chairman and six other members all appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister. Members of the Commission hold office for a period of 3 years and shall be eligible for reappointment. A person isn’t eligible to be appointed a member of the Commission unless he is a citizen of Vanuatu.

FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE COMMISSION

The Commission oversees applications for citizenship, with powers to approve, reject and revoke citizenships.

MEETINGS AND PROCEDURE

The Commission holds such meetings as its chairman shall consider necessary. Currently, the Citizenship Commission holds two meetings per month to review citizenship applications under the Development Support Program.

The quorum for meetings is the chairman and half the other members of the Commission.

The Commission decides matters before it by a simple majority of the members present and voting. In cases of equality of voting the chairman shall have a casting vote.

Subject to such rules as the Prime Minister may make by Order the Commission may determine its own procedures with regard to the convening and conduct of meetings.

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