Legislative Framework

Legislative framework refers to the laws that govern Citizenship area at large. Those laws are provided by the Citizenship Act [Cap 112] itself. The Act was enacted by the Parliament of the Republic of Vanuatu and came into force in 1980. It was amended in 2013 and twice in 2014. 

 

A. CITIZENSHIP ACT [CAP 112]

Citizenship Act [Cap 112]

The Citizenship Act [Cap 112] basically provides for granting of Vanuatu Citizenship through different categories and other related matters.

Citizenship Act (Amendments)
Order No. 18 of 2014 (Amendments)
Order No. 40 of 2014 (Amendments)

As you peruse the latest Amendments (attached above), you will be provided with insight on the appointment and the eligibility of the Members of the Citizenship Commission, the powers of the Commission, the appointment and functions of the Secretary General, appointment of the Internal Screening Committee, application by a Non-Citizen married to a citizen of Vanuatu, issuing of citizenship certificate, application of Dual Citizenship under the Capital Investment Immigration Plan (CIIP),  regaining of citizenship, honorary citizenship, offences and penalties and other matters as per the amendments.

 

B. CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS

1. Constitutional Related Provisions
2. Constiutional Citizenship Amendment
   

The national Constitution through Chapter 3 also provides for Citizenship. The related Articles under Chapter 3 basically provides for Automatic citizens, Entitltement to citizenship, Persons born after day of independence, Naturalisation, and other related matters some of which had been amended in 2013 and came into force since 2014 (see attachment 2). Interestingly, one of those amendments is the recognition of Dual Citizenship by the Republic of Vanuatu.