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Speeding Ticket Delays Granting of Icelandic Citizenship

Icelandic resident of foreign origin Junphen Sriyoha’s application for the Icelandic citizenship was rejected because she received a speeding ticket last fall. She can, however, apply again when one year has passed since her traffic violation.

“It was a great disappointment,” Sriyoha told Fréttabladid. “I appear to have driven at a speed of 90 kilometers per hour in a 70-kilometers-per-hour zone,” Sriyoha explained, adding that she had paid her ISK 8,000 (USD 106, EUR 67) fine immediately.

According to the law on Icelandic citizenship, an eligible applicant may not have been fined, but if the fine is lower than ISK 50,000 (USD 665, EUR 418) he or she can reapply for Icelandic citizenship one year after the violation took place.

Bjarni Benediktsson, MP for the Independence Party and former chair of the plenary committee, the parliamentary committee that oversees applications for citizenship, said Sriyoha can apply for a reassessment of her application from the Althingi parliament.

“I’d rather wait until October when one year has passed since my violation,” Sriyoha said.

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