Myanmar, also known as the Union of Burma, imposes very restrictive laws for those wishing to apply for immigration to Myanmar. In fact, the government has passed a couple of laws that were based on the immigration law itself: Citizenship Statutes of 1982 and Immigration Emergency Act of 1947.
For those who want to move to Myanmar or live in the country as citizen or legal immigrant, here are some of the eligibility requirements for immigration to Myanmar:
- The most important requirement to becoming a naturalized citizen of Myanmar is a marriage between a Burmese and non-Burmese citizen. If one of the parents to a child holds a citizenship under the Myanmar government, then it should be sufficient enough to become eligible for immigration to Myanmar.
- An individual that marries someone with Burmese citizenship does not automatically warrant a new citizenship for that person. Instead, the child of that marriage would be automatically granted with a Burmese citizenship.
- For those wishing to migrate to Myanmar and earn new citizenship, there are a few basic requirements to comply with. First, s/he must be at least 18 years old and know how to speak one of the national languages of Myanmar. Then, they will be under oath for allegiance to the state in order to make the change of citizenship legal and official.
Revocation of Citizenship
Despite the strict laws that would permit immigration to Myanmar and change of citizenship, it is possible for an individual’s Burmese citizenship and right to live in the country to be revoked under a specific set of circumstances that include but is not limited to the following: participation or coming into contact with rebel groups, disloyalty to the state, attacking the state, or endangering its sovereignty.