A noncommercial collection of information about citizenship, dual citizenship and multiple citizenship

[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 laws are based upon the Bangladesh Citizenship Order dated 1972. Questions concerning persons born before March 26, 1971, should be directed to the Bangladesh Embassy. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Bangladesh does not automatically confer citizenship. Only persons born before March 26, 1971 would be deemed Bangladesh citizens by birth.

BY DESCENT: Rules stated below apply to persons born after March 26, 1971. Child born of a Bangladesh father, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child whose grandfather was a citizen of Bangladesh, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child born of a Bangladesh mother and an unknown or stateless father, regardless of the child's country of birth.

OTHER: Person who was a permanent resident of Bangladesh on March 26, 1971, is granted citizenship, unless disqualified by law at that time.


A person may apply for citizenship upon investment of $5 million or its equivalent in an industrial or commercial project of Bangladesh or if the person transfers $1 million to any of the recognized financial institutions of Bangladesh (the funds may not be withdrawn).

Application for Permanent Residence may be made upon investment of $75,000 (may not be withdrawn).

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: The government of Bangladesh reserves the right to recognize dual citizenship in certain cases. If questions arise, contact the Embassy.


VOLUNTARY: Law permits voluntary renunciation of Bangladesh citizenship. Contact the Embassy for details and appropriate paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Bangladesh citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship. Naturalized citizen by investment in Bangladesh removes the investment from the country.

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

Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Consular Section 2201 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington, DC 20007

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-342-8393 Fax: 202-333-4971


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