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[Please refer to How to Read a Country Entry for help interpreting this material. It was produced prior to March 2001 as part of a US government report entitled Citizenship Laws of the World. The accuracy and depth of these country listings varies significantly, and some information may be incorrect. At best, this page presents only part of the story for a particular country. Additional information for this country may be available in Country Information]


CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon the Code of Algerian Nationality, dated December 15, 1978.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Algeria does not automatically confer citizenship. The exception is a child born to unknown or stateless parents.

BY DESCENT: Child of an Algerian father, regardless of the country of birth. Child of an Algerian mother and an unknown or stateless father, regardless of the country of birth.

BY NATURALIZATION: Algerian citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has resided in Algeria for at least seven years, (18 months if the person was born abroad to an Algerian mother or father), is of good morality, good health, has no criminal convictions, is at least 21 years of age, has assimilated into Algerian society and has a secure means of support.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Algerian citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Algerian citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship. Person's employment with a foreign nation or company is not in the interest of Algeria. Naturalized citizen is convicted of a crime (abroad or in Algeria) and sentenced to five years or more. Naturalized citizen is involved in acts incompatible with the interests of Algeria.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:

Embassy of the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria Consular Section 2118 Kalorama Rd., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-265-2800 Fax: 202-667-2174


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