Can Pakistani born person, who became Spanish citizen, be allowed to have a NICOP (National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis) from Nadra Pakistan?.


Pakistan apparently has dual nationality agreements with 19 countries, not including Spain, which suggests that the person is no longer a citizen of Pakistan. NICOP is only available to citizens of Pakistan, so the answer to your question appears to be no.

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  • It’s not that simple. A Pakistani court has ruled that a Pakistani citizen does not cease to be a citizen unless he has renounced his citizenship while acquiring the other. – greatone May 5 '19 at 20:40
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    @greatone I would gladly vote for another answer that provided more detail than this answer. – phoog May 5 '19 at 20:42
  • @greatone, to acquire Spanish citizenship it is necessary to renounce your existing citizenship, with a few exceptions (basically former Spanish colonies and Portugal). Whether Pakistan recognises that renunciation is the key question. – Peter Taylor May 5 '19 at 22:02
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    @PeterTaylor another key question is whether Pakistani citizenship is lost automatically on acquisition of Spanish citizenship (perhaps because there is no dual nationality agreement). Many countries have laws like that. – phoog May 24 '19 at 4:14
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    @MarkJohnson, I haven't done it myself, but I've heard from other British citizens that they had to surrender their passports, which Spain then sent to the UK (and the UK, not recognising a renunciation unless done in a certain way, sent them back on to the holders). But things may have changed since then, and may depend on which bureaucrat deals with the individual case. – Peter Taylor Oct 9 '19 at 6:51

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