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Criteria for Austrian citizenship drafted up

Criteria for foreign celebrities and high achievers looking to receive Austrian passports have been drafted up and announced yesterday.

In all cases, the citizenship should only be granted if the person serves "the specific interests of the Republic" in a particular field, it was confirmed. The draft criteria is largely for achievers from the sporting, artistic, scientific and economic world who are hoping to get citizenship in Austria.

Athletes can expect to be vetted based on whether they will continue in their career for a while, have provided athletic services for at least a year already in the country and there should be no Austrian athlete already excelling them in the same sport.

Similarly people working in the creative industries should look to make a significant contribution to the art scene in Austria.

Those likely to bring economic benefits and job creation to the country can expect to find themselves in a good position for receiving Austrian citizenships. This could include owners of companies or leaders in business fields, especially those well known abroad.

Scientists with good international reputations and those teaching at Austrian universities could also find it easier to get citizenship.

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