Iceland’s parliament agreed to grant a woman from Central America Icelandic citizenship one month ago after only 15 months in the country on a student visa. The woman apparently has close ties to Jónína Bjartmarz, Iceland’s Minister of the Environment.
According to RÚV, the woman in question, who is in her early twenties, has a registered address at the Minister’s residence and is her son’s girlfriend.
In a television interview with three members of the parliament’s General Committee, the body granting citizenship, it was made know that the woman’s situation was very different from the situation of the other 17 applicants, who were granted citizenship at the same time.
They had been living in Iceland for many years, but without having their permanent residence registered in Iceland, suffered from illnesses, or were the children of Icelandic citizens. There were 38 applicants in total, but 20 were rejected by the committee.
The members of the committee would not comment on why the woman from Central America was granted citizenship after only 15 months in the country.
The Directorate of Immigration was opposed to granting the woman citizenship. The general rule for granting citizenships is that applicants must have had a permanent residency in Iceland for seven years, though there are some exceptions to that rule, including cases as listed above.