A deputy attorney general has stated that the Interior Ministry’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority must cease its practice of reviewing the citizenship status of Israelis seeking residency status in Israel for their spouses. The agency has taken to reviewing the citizenship status of new immigrants applying for residency for their spouses, even if they had been granted citizenship years ago. In almost all cases, the individuals involved were immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
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Following discussions in recent months by the Knesset State Control Committee, Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber issued an opinion stating that the authority should no longer reopen citizenship files of people whose documents were missing in the Interior Ministry or Nativ, the government liaison agency that once handled citizenship
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