A noncommercial collection of information about citizenship, dual citizenship and multiple citizenship
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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship law is based upon the Constitution of Ghana of April 1992. Every person who was a citizen of Ghana before the date of the Constitution remains a citizen of Ghana. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)
BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Ghana does not automatically confer citizenship. The exception is a child, born since the constitution, of unknown parents.
BY DESCENT: Child, at least one of whose parents or grandparents is a citizen of Ghana, regardless of the child's country of birth.
MARRIAGE: Foreign national who marries a citizen of Ghana is eligible to apply for citizenship by registration. If the marriage ends in divorce, death, or annulment, both may retain Ghanian citizenship, however, a registered male will be asked to prove the marriage was entered into in good faith.
BY NATURALIZATION: Ghana does not encourage naturalization of foreigners with no blood or marital ties to Ghana. Decisions to grant citizenship to foreign nationals may be made by Parliament, providing the person is able to speak and understand the native language.
DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exceptions: A child born abroad, who obtains the citizenship of the country of birth, may retain dual citizenship until the age of 21, when one citizenship must be chosen or Ghanian citizenship will be lost.
A Ghanian citizen who marries a foreign national and is required to renounce Ghanian citizenship may regain it upon the dissolution of the marriage. Thus, a form of dual citizenship exists.
LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP:
VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Ghanian citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.
INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of naturalized Ghanian citizenship: Person is shown to be a threat to Ghanian security, interests, or morality. Citizenship was obtained through fraud, or false statement.
ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:
Embassy of Ghana Consular Section 3512 International Dr., NW Washington, DC 20008
Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-686-4520 Fax: 202-686-4527
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