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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 Congolese Nationality Code and the Regulation bringing it into effect on July 29, 1961.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Congo does not automatically confer citizenship. The exceptions are as follows. Child born of unknown or stateless parents. Child born of foreign parents, at least one of whom was also born in Congo.

The government of Congo reserves the right to repudiate citizenship claims that fall into the above categories.

BY DESCENT: Child of a Congolese mother and father, regardless of the country of birth. Child, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Congo and the other of whom was born in Congo, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child born in Congo, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Congo.

MARRIAGE: A foreigner who marries a citizen of Congo is eligible for citizenship after five years communal living in the country.

BY NATURALIZATION: Congolese citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following condition: Person has resided in country for at least 10 years.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Congolese citizenship is permitted by law. Letter of renunciation must be sent to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Brazzaville, Congo. Renunciation must be approved by the government and approval can take up to a year. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Congolese citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires foreign citizenship. Person enters into the service of a foreign state. Naturalized citizen is convicted of certain crimes less than 10 years into naturalization.

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

Embassy of the Republic of the Congo Consular Section 4891 Colorado Ave., NW Washington, DC 20011

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-726-0825 Fax: 202-726-1860



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