June 5, 2003 – For Virgin Islands residents who hold Swedish citizenship, or who previously did so, there is news from Maria Tankenson Hodge, Sweden's honorary consul for the territory.
Under a law recently passed in Sweden, Hodge said in a release, "a Swedish citizen who becomes a citizen of another country may now retain his or her Swedish citizenship."
Further, a person who forfeited Swedish citizenship by becoming a citizen of another nation before July 1, 2001, "may regain Swedish citizenship during the grace period which expires June 30." To do this, the individual must contact the Swedish Migration Board by June 30.
According to Hodge, after the grace period ends on June 30, "a two-year residence in Sweden will be required before you may apply to regain your Swedish citizenship."
The forms that need to be submitted to the board can be accessed online at the Migrationsverket Web site. The page comes up in Swedish, but an English version also can be accessed. Click on the left-hand menu "Citizenship" option.
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