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The number of applications for Indonesian citizenship in Bali has tripled in the first half of 2024

TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe number of dual nationals in Bali who opted for Indonesian citizenship in the first half of 2024 almost tripled from the annual figure in 2023, the province’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights office said.

Bureau Chief Pramela Yunidar Pasaribu stated on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 that from January to June 2024 alone, approximately 199 dual nationals who came of age in Bali decided to become Indonesians.

Meanwhile, some 67 people had done so in 2023, while only two had made that decision in 2022, she noted.

Pasaribu confirmed that of the 199 people applying for Indonesian citizenship this year, 181 have undergone their citizenship test, while 18 others are waiting their turn. The test will be organized by the ministry’s office in Bali and the decision will be made by the central government.

She noted that 17 of them took the final citizenship test on Friday, June 14, adding that the applicants are dual nationals from Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States.

Applicants whose citizenship applications are accepted will undergo a citizenship ceremony during which they will take their oath to Indonesia.

Seven of the 199 applicants in Bali had taken their citizenship oath and officially became Indonesian citizens in the first half of 2024, Pasaribu added.

During the exam, applicants underwent a test on their knowledge of Indonesia and had to explain why they became Indonesian citizens.

“We want to ensure that every applicant has a strong commitment to being part of Indonesia,” she noted.

Pasaribu stated that the increase in applications for Indonesian citizenship in Bali may be due to the citizenship application deadline of May 31, 2024 for people born from mixed marriages between an Indonesian and a foreigner, as stipulated in Government Regulation No. . 21 of 2022 on citizenship.

The regulation provides two years for dual nationals who have reached the age of 18 to apply for Indonesian citizenship if they have yet to do so before the law comes into effect.

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