President Laszlo Solyom on Monday signed Hungary's citizenship law, which ensures simpler, faster procedures for ethnic kin living in other countries to get Hungarian citizenship.
The bill tendered by the governing centre-right Fidesz and allied Christian-Democratic party coalition, was passed by the new Parliament with 344 votes in favour, 3 against and 5 abstentions last Wednesday.
The law will become effective on August 20, but will only be applicable from January 1, 2011.
The law allows individual ethnic Hungarians to apply for citizenship if they can show they are of Hungarian origin and speak the language. Applicants are not required to be residents in Hungary to get citizenship, but, at the same time, the law does not grant voting rights for them. (Politics)