Cabinet approves draft of ‘Bangladesh Citizenship Bill, 2016’
01 February 2015, Nirapad News: The Cabinet on Monday gave final approval to the draft of the ‘Bangladesh Citizenship Bill, 2016’ expanding the existing scope of getting dual citizenship by the expatriate Bangladeshis.
The approval means expatriate Bangladeshis staying in countries with which Bangladesh has diplomatic ties, except SAARC countries, Myanmar, and any other prohibited states, would be able to get dual citizenships through Bangladesh government’s gazette notification.
The approval came from the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said that the proposed law has been rearranged after addressing the backdated issues and incompleteness of two existing laws –The Citizenship Act 1951 and the Bangladesh Citizenship Temporary Provisions Order 1972.
The Cabinet Secretary said that the law has six chapters and 28 sections, which highlight the process for gaining citizenship, disqualification of getting citizenship, surrender and dissolution of citizenship.
He said that the law incorporated and expanded the scope for getting dual citizenship by the expatriate Bangladeshi nationals since the expatriate Bangladeshis staying in the United States and Britain have long been enjoying such facility.