• Mon. Oct 3rd, 2022
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Austria’s ambassador to Israel, Hannah Liko, confirmed the news on Sunday, adding that the case is free, writes the newspaper Yediot Ahronot.

On 19 September 2019, the Austrian Parliament approved an amendment to the Citizenship Act that allows Holocaust survivors and their descendants to obtain Austrian citizenship without waiving their current citizenship.
The change is part of the Austrian government and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s efforts to make amends for the many Holocaust victims who suffered under the country’s Nazi regime from 1938 until the end of World War II in 1945.
<br Previously, only Holocaust survivors and Jews who left the country before 1945 had the right to apply for citizenship.

Now the law applies to everyone who was a citizen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire or lived in Austria before March 12, 1938, when the Third Reich took power in the country.

Israelis wishing to apply for Austrian citizenship must start the process of answering a questionnaire on the website of the Austrian Embassy in Israel.

Applicants will receive information on the necessary documentation to provide the Austrian Embassy from 1.

Austrian Ambassador Liko emphasizes that there will be no need for legal consultation to complete the process.

At present, around 8,000 Israeli citizens also have Austrian passports. According to the Austrian embassy, ​​it is not yet known how many Israelis will receive Austrian citizenship after the new law change.

At the time of writing, around 1,500 Israelis have contacted the embassy and expressed interest in applying for an Austrian passport.

Read MIFF’s article on Israelis who have applied for Spanish citizenship.

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