Admission Into the Serbian Citizenship under Beneficial Terms
In addition to these general conditions, the Law on Citizenship also provides several benefits for foreigners which are related to birth on the territory of the Republic of Serbia and marriage with our citizens.
Namely, a foreigner born in the territory of the Republic of Serbia can be admitted into the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia if they have resided uninterruptedly in the territory of the Republic of Serbia for at least two years until submitting the application for admission and if they submit a written statement that they consider the Republic of Serbia his state.
If the application for admission into the Serbian citizenship is based on marriage with our citizen, the benefit comes down to the possibility that a foreigner who has been married to a citizen of the Republic of Serbia or has their marriage registered in Serbia for at least three years and was allowed permanent residency in the Republic of Serbia can be accepted as a citizen of the Republic of Serbia if they submit a written statement to consider the Republic of Serbia as their own state.
Foreigners whose Citizenship is of Special Interest to Serbia?
A provision of the Law, which has been the subject of much debate and extensive interpretation, provides that a request for admission in Serbian citizenship may be granted to a foreign national whose naturalization is of the interest to the Republic of Serbia. The Government of the Republic of Serbia is in charge of deciding what constitutes the “interest of the Republic of Serbia”. Usually, these are prominent scientists, artists, athletes or some other individuals of interest for the Republic of Serbia.
Interestingly, Steven Seagal, Ralph Fiennes, Adriana Lima and some other well-known celebrities have acquired the Serbian citizenship in this manner.