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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon the Law of Nationality, dated 1973.

BY BIRTH: Child born within the territory of Guinea-Bissau, regardless of the nationality of the parents.

BY DESCENT: Child born abroad, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Guinea-Bissau.

BY REGISTRATION: The following persons are eligible for citizenship through registration: Foreign person whose grandparents were citizens of Guinea-Bissau. Foreign person who marries a citizen of Guinea-Bissau.

BY NATURALIZATION: Guinea-Bissauain citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has legally resided in the country for at least five years, has renounced former citizenship, has a job or means of support, and does not have a criminal record.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Child born abroad who obtains the citizenship of the country of birth, can retain dual citizen until the age of 18. Then the person must renounce the foreign citizenship or Guinea- Bissauain citizenship will be revoked.


VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Guinea-Bissauain citizenship by birth is permitted. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Guinea-Bissauain citizenship: Person obtains new citizenship. Person is employed by a foreign government or armed force without permission of the Guinean-Bissauain government. Naturalized citizenship was obtained through fraud or false statement. Naturalized citizen lives more than a year abroad without registering with the local consulate.

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

Embassy of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau Consular Section 918 16th Street NW, Mezzanine Suite Washington, DC 20006

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-872-4222 Fax: 202-872-4226


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