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


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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.

  • 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, 2019 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, 2019 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. May 5, 2019 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, 2019 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. Oct 9, 2019 at 6:51

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