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Most Difficult Citizenships in The World

Pertaining citizenship would look like a good idea to those who no longer would want to live in their respective countries. If you have ever submitted your citizenship application you would know how difficult the process is. Below are some countries where it is difficult to get citizenship in the world:

    A lot of countries in the European Union have kind of tougher immigration than other countries. Austria has the longest process which makes becoming a citizen there a long and tiring job. After someone stays there for more than 24 months. To get permanent residency the person should live in the country for continuously 10 years.

    Getting citizenship in Germany is quite difficult and it only gets easy if you are a citizen of a European Union country. Anyone staying in Germany should showcase compatibility in the German language and other knowledge about politics as well as society to gain German citizenship. To become a citizen, you should have lived in the country for at least eight years.

  3. JAPAN
    In Japan, it takes quite a bit more than usual to get citizenship. Those who want to become permanent residents there should have stayed in the country for at least 5 years and received permission from the justice minister to complete the bulk paperwork that comes along. The process takes around 12 months after the application is submitted.

    To obtain a settlement or a permanent residence visa one should have lived in the country for at least 10 years. One has to prove to obtain citizenship that they have assimilated Swiss society and thus have no threat to any security. All the cantons, as well as municipalities, have their own rules concerning gaining citizenship. Switzerland also offers dual citizenship.

    We know that in the United States though were found by immigrants the whole process of achieving residency there is pretty complicated. It is comparatively more difficult to obtain residency here than other countries, however, there are special categories as well under which you can get the residency some of those are asylum status or lottery in case you wish to apply under the same.

    The main rules of governing North Korea are not well known however it is not easy to get citizenship in North Korea unless one of your parents is a citizen of the country. In times when the child is born outside North Korea and either of the parents is a North Korean citizen then the citizenship is decided by the parents.

    The Vatican is the smallest country in the world and has one of the toughest immigration policies all around the world. The population of Vatican City is around 800 and out of that only 450 people hold citizenship. The criteria of giving citizenship there is not defined by birth or marriage but solely on the work roles of the individuals.

    atican City

    Lichtenstein has a very strict immigration system. It is amongst the wealthiest European countries that owns a status in the financial centre. If you marry a citizen there you can only apply for citizenship after 5 years of marriage. In order to be naturalized as a Liechtenstein citizen you should live there for 30 years and below the age of 20, a year would be counted as two.
  9. QATAR
    To get citizenship in Qatar there is a long and continuing requirement that you will have to fulfil. People who have lived in Qatar for more than 20 years can only apply for naturalized citizenship there. Every year the government only grants 100 permanent residencies there.

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Alexandra Dimitropoulou

Alexandra Dimitropoulou

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Alexandra Dimitropoulou is a VP and News Editor at CEOWORLD magazine, working to build and strengthen the brand’s popular, consumer-friendly content. In addition to running the company’s website, CEOWORLD magazine, which aims to help CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and other C-level executives get smarter about how they earn, save and spend their money, she also sits on the Board of Directors of the Global Business Policy Institute. She can be reached on email You can follow her on Twitter at @ceoworld.