Foreign ministry backs granting citizenship to children with foreign fathers

TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) – Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi on Monday quashed the rumors about the ministry’s disagreement with granting citizenship to children with foreign fathers.

“The bill on giving Iranian citizenship to children born of foreign fathers and Iranian mothers was prepared and submitted to the Parliament with cooperation of the foreign ministry,” the spokesperson said.

The bill was approved in Monday’s open session of the Parliament by 170 votes in favor, 21 votes against, and 4 abstentions out of 213 MPs in attendance.

The general outlines of the bill were ratified on Sunday to allow Iranian citizenship to be granted to children born to foreign fathers and Iranian mothers.

According to the bill, mothers can pass on citizenship to their children before the age of 18. However, after that age, children themselves should submit the request which will be agreed to if the Ministry of Intelligence approves their case.

The bill notes that the security inquiry process should not exceed more than three months and that the Iranian police should issue a visa for the foreign father during this period.

The bill will be next addressed in the Guardian Council and if approved, will become law.

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