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The Lebanese Parliament approved Law no. 41 of November 24, 2015 (that stipulates the conditions of reacquiring the Lebanese nationality) for two reasons. The first is to bring justice to all Lebanese expatriates who lost their Lebanese nationality as a result of non-registration by parents and grandparents at birth, whereas the second is to re-establish a certain balance through the decree on Lebanese nationality issued in 1944, the year when the majority of naturalized were Muslims.

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Law no.41 stipulates that the right to recover the Lebanese nationality is granted to:

Any person whose name or the names of his/her male ascendants or his/her paternal second-degree relatives are listed in the statistical registers established after the announcement of the State of Greater Lebanon and deposited at the Ministry of Interior’s personal status departments, i.e. the 1921-1924 resident and expatriate registers and the 1932 expatriate registers.

The application is directly submitted to the Ministry of Interior or through the Lebanese missions abroad. The maximum period for processing and deciding on it is roughly 11 months (through all its stages from the Directorate General of Personal Status to the Directorate General of General Security and the committee in charge of examining the application).

The Nationality Recovery Law becomes ineffective on November 24, 2025.

Figures

As shown in the following table, 29 Lebanese have reacquired their nationality since the enactment of law until June 2017.

Table showing the names and nationalities of persons who reacquired their Lebanese nationality

Name and Surname

Current Nationality

Place of Application

Nationality Recovery Date

Siham Mikhael Bazi

American

Lebanese Consulate in New York

June 2017

Juan Yusco Edmon Al-Maoushi

Mexican

 

Lebanese Embassy in Mexico

June 2017

Miria Khalil Rahhal

Uruguayan

Lebanese Embassy in Uruguay

June 2017

Alfredo and Khalil Rahhal

Uruguayan

Lebanese Embassy in Uruguay

June 2017

Mounira Mohammad Ali Al-Sayed

American

Lebanese Consulate in Detroit

June 2017

Washington Baldimar Kmeid and his children Shiner, Shila, and Jorge Miguel

Uruguayan

 

Lebanese Embassy in Uruguay

June 2017

Jose Carlos Edmon Al- Maoushi

Mexican

 

Lebanese Embassy in Mexico

June 2017

Lissi Ramzi Al-Sarraf

Cuban

 

Lebanese Embassy in Cuba

June 2017

Ricardo Nassib Ricardo El-Khoury

Mexican

 

Lebanese Embassy in Mexico

June 2017

Elias Anthony

James Kassouf

American

-

June 2017

Diego Rodrigo Nassib

Ricardo El Khoury

Mexican

Lebanese Embassy in Mexico

June 2017

James Joseph Elias Kassouf and his children Abigail, Jacqueline, Mariam, James, and Amina

American

 

-

June 2017

Nazih Mikhael Khazaka

American

 

Lebanese Consulate in New York

May 2017

Sonia Clara Jose Sukkar

Argentine

 

-

May 2017

Concepcion Eugienna Al-Shamlati

Mexican

 

Lebanese Embassy in Mexico

May 2017

Julio Suleiman Roufael and his children Maria, Jose, and Maria Florencia

Argentine

 

Lebanese Embassy in Argentina

May 2017

Ricardo Fernando Fouad Al-Shamlati

Mexican

Lebanese Embassy in Mexico

May 2017

Ricardo William Andraos

Brazilian

Lebanese Consulate in Sao Paulo

May 2017

Source: Nationality recovery decrees as published in the Official Gazette.

The above-mentioned table shows the following:

-Out of the 29 persons, 28 are Christians and one is Muslim. 

-Out of the 29 persons, there are 10 American, six Mexican, six Uruguayan, five Argentine, one Brazilian, and one Cuban.

 

It has been more than one and a half year since the enactment of Nationality Recovery Law and only 29 persons have reacquired their Lebanese nationality. This is a negative indicator that the Lebanese who might regain their nationality would be few in number and might not exceed a few thousand if no other circumstances and factors intervene.

 

The four-member committee, consisting of a judge as chairman, the Director General of Personal Status and the Directorate General of Emigrants as members, and an employee assigned to the committee, receives a lump sum compensation for each of its four monthly sessions: LBP 400,000 for the chairman, LBP 350,000 for each of the Director General of Personal Status and the Directorate General of Emigrants, and LBP 200,000 for the employee, i.e. a monthly total of LBP 5.2 million and a yearly total of 62.4 million. Its meeting shall be held outside official working hours. 



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