CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION REVIEW BILL 2020
[Royal Assent, October 7, 2020]
A bill to provide for regulations regarding the review and denial of citizenship applications to the Kingdom, and for other purposes.
BE IT ENACTED by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords and Burgesses in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
I. SHORT TITLE
This bill may be cited for all purposes as the “Citizenship Application Review Bill 2020”
II. REVIEW OF CITIZENSHIP APPLICATIONS
1. Upon receiving a citizenship application, the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary, or some other person designated by the Prime Minister or Home Secretary shall review the citizenship application in full.
2. In the event the reviewer of the citizenship application shall determine that the application is spam, a duplicate of a pending or recently rejected application, or is significantly blank, the reviewer may ignore the application without any further action.
3. In the event the reviewer of the citizenship application shall determine that the application is missing certain information, but that the application does not otherwise meet the provisions of subsection 2 above, the reviewer of the citizenship application may request more information from the applicant and take no further action on the application until the missing information is provided to the satisfaction of the reviewer.
4. In the event that the reviewer of the citizenship application shall determine that the application is proper and of good order, the reviewer shall respond to the applicant informing them that their application has been received, shall invite them to join the Hound & Quarry and Parliament groups, and shall welcome them publicly in the Hound & Quarry. The reviewer shall also notify the Home Secretary of the application, and the Home Secretary or their designee shall begin the Ward-in-Chancery process as outlined by law.
III. DISPOSITION OF WARDS IN CHANCERY
1. After a Ward in Chancery shall be accepted by the Home Secretary, the Ward shall remain a Ward in Chancery for no less than 1 week, unless the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary agree to induct the Ward in Chancery as a citizen before this week has concluded.
2. After 1 week of being a Ward in Chancery, the Home Secretary may approve the Ward in Chancery’s application to become a citizen at any time they are satisfied that the Ward is ready to become a full citizen.
3. The Home Secretary must approve or reject a Ward in Chancery’s citizenship application no later than 1 month after the individual became a Ward in Chancery, unless this process is extended no more than one additional month with the consent of the Prime Minister.
4. In the event the Home Secretary determines that a Ward in Chancery would not be suitable for citizenship, the Home Secretary shall inform the Prime Minister of their reasoning. If the Prime Minister concurs, the Home Secretary shall inform the Ward in Chancery of the denial of their citizenship application.
5. A person who has their citizenship application rejected after having gone through the Ward in Chancery process may appeal this decision to His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council. If a majority of His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council votes to accept the Ward’s citizenship application, then they shall be inducted as a full citizen. If His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council votes to reject the application, the application shall be declined and the individual may not re-apply for Sconnish citizenship for a period of 1 year without the consent of the Home Secretary.
IV. WITHDRAWAL OF A CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION
1. Any person who has made a citizenship application may withdraw this application by notifying the Prime Minister or the Home Secretary in writing. Such a withdrawal is in order immediately following the submission of their application until such time as they take the Affirmation of Loyalty.
2. Any person who has had their citizenship application withdrawn may re-apply to become a citizen, but the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary shall have the discretion to decline this re-application if made within 1 year of the previous application.
V. RE-APPLICATION OF FORMER CITIZENS
1. Any former citizen of the Kingdom of Scone who has renounced their citizenship under the provisions of the Citizenship Renunciation Act 2017 who re-applies to be a citizen under the provisions of Section 2.D of the aforementioned act shall not be subject to the ward in chancery process.
2. In the event the Prime Minister or the Home Secretary believes that a former citizen of the Kingdom of Scone should not be reinstated as a citizen, the Prime Minister or the Home Secretary shall report the same to His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council who shall consider the matter and vote on whether to approve or deny the application.
3. In the event the Prime Minister or the Home Secretary does not make a determination outlined in subsection 2, the former citizen shall be deemed to have their citizenship restored immediately.
This legislation and all the provisions therein shall come into force upon receiving the Royal Assent