ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, July 17, CMC – Parliament has approved legislation making it mandatory for nationals of other countries to first obtain permanent residence status before they can apply for citizenship in Grenada.
Previously, the law required that a foreign national reside in Grenada for seven years before citizenship can be obtained. But the new law requires that permanent residence status must be obtained and the applicant resides in the island for an additional two years.
Attorney General Rohan Phillip said that the law now requires that the applicant obtain that permanent residence status during the seven year period.
“It’s no longer a case of live here for seven years then apply for citizenship, the applicant will have no choice but to obtain permanent residence first, preferably within the seven year period, living here for two and then apply for citizenship.
“The seven years period has not change, what has change is the mandatory requirement for permanent residence to obtain citizenship status. All applicants will still have to live here for seven years,” he told legislators.
The government said that anyone with permanent resident status will not be allowed the benefit of a citizen such as purchasing land; obtaining a passport or voting in a general election but would be allowed to reside and be employed without a work permit.
However, in the area of voting there is an exception for persons from Commonwealth nations who according to the Constitution will be allowed to vote once there is evidence that they have resided in the island for 12 consecutive months.