İrem UZUN -TDO- Hundreds of immigrants in France working on the coronavirus frontline have had their service to the country recognised with fast-track citizenship. "Foreign workers gave their time and swung into action for all of us during the COVID crisis," said Marlene Schiappa, France’s deputy minister for citizenship. "It is now up to the Republic to take a step toward them." The interior ministry invited residents helping with efforts against COVID-19 to apply for accelerated naturalization. They include healthcare professionals, cleaners and shop workers.
To receive French citizenship, the applicant must usually have been a resident in France for five years with a steady income and demonstrated integration into society. But the initiative, announced in September, means those working on the COVID-19 frontline could be granted citizenship if they have lived in France for only two years. More than 70 applicants have obtained citizenship since September and 693 more are in the final stage of the process, authorities said.