Egypt has been looking to boost its finances and draw back foreign investment that fled the country after the 2011 uprising. The country is now offering citizenship to foreigners who deposit at least 7 million Egyptian pounds (approximately 340,000 €) and then hand it over to the Treasury after five years.
Under the new amendment passed by parliament, foreigners who make a deposit of 7 million Egyptian pounds or the equivalent in foreign currency are offered the opportunity to obtain the citizenship in one single condition: they’ll have to surrender the deposit to the Egyptian State after five years.
“Upon the acceptance of the naturalisation request, the value of the deposit shall be transferred to the public treasury”, the amendment said. The head of parliament’s defence and national security committee, General Kamal Amer, said the new law is “an investment act, not a political one”.
Thus, foreigners who acquire the Egyptian citizenship won’t enjoy any political right in the first five years, and will need 10 years to be eligible for election or appointment to a representative body.
What you need to know about Egyptian nationality
The Egyptian law is based on both place of birth and Egyptian parentage for determining whether a person is an Egyptian citizen. The following are deemed Egyptian nationals:
- Those who have settled in Egypt before November 5, 1914 without being nationals of foreign countries and have maintained their residence in Egypt until the Citizenship law came into force;
- Those who were enjoying the Egyptian nationality according to the provisions of law no. 391 for 1956;
- Those who had acquired the United Arab Republic nationality between 1958 and 1961.
A person may become an Egyptian citizen after at least 10 consecutive years of residence in Egypt. Children aged under 21 get the Egyptian citizenship automatically if a responsible parent is naturalised.
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