Personal story: “Lack of a passport prevents me from living my life to the fullest”
After the Soviet Union dissolution our documents became invalid while we were unable to receive new Uzbek passports since we were born in Tajikistan. We turned into stateless persons. In 2004 when I reached the age I was issued a grey passport (for stateless persons). Only my youngest brother was granted Uzbek citizenship because he was born in Uzbekistan and had Uzbek birth certificate.
My parents tried hard and undertook many efforts to make us citizens of Uzbekistan. My mother was particularly eager to do that, but she did not live to see that, she passed away in 2016. My father did receive his passport and he also passed away after my mother died. Unfortunately, they did not live long enough to see me receive my passport. Frankly speaking I did not even try to do anything by myself, I was content with everything. I had everything I needed – my family, children, work. However, last year a new law was passed in Uzbekistan which simplified the procedure of receiving a nationality; local authorities contacted me and told me that I had an opportunity to get a citizenship.