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8 of the countries where it's hardest to become a citizen

Posted On: Sep 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

8 of the countries where it's hardest to become a citizen

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Becoming a citizen in some countries is as easy as living there for a few years, but in others, it's nearly impossible.
In Qatar, you would have to be a legal resident for 25 years to be able to apply for citizenship, and if you're not a Muslim, you shouldn't even bother.
Here are eight of the countries where it's most difficult to become a citizen .
It seems like US citizenship and immigration restrictions have dominated the news since the 2016 presidential election. It turns out that there are a number of other countries where becoming a citizen is quite difficult.
Aside from ancestry and extended residency, one shortcut to foreign citizenship is being a top-level athlete. Some countries will give citizenship to athletes who will improve their chances of Olympic victory.
If you aren't a world-class pole vaulter, then you may face a long and, in some cases, nearly impossible road to gaining citizenship in countries like Switzerland, China, and Qatar.
Here are eight of the countries where...

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