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CITIZENSHIP: Malagasy citizenship is based upon Ordinance No.60-064, dated July 22, 1960. Malagasy nationality law is based on descent from the father (jus sanguinis).
BY BIRTH: Birth within the Republic of Madagascar does not automatically confer citizenship. Citizenship is only granted automatically in cases of abandoned children.
BY DESCENT: Child, born in wedlock, whose father is a citizen of Madagascar. Child, born out of wedlock to Malagasy mother, when the child's father is stateless or unknown
MARRIAGE: Foreign woman, who marries a citizen of Madagascar, can obtain citizenship by declaration. After marriage, wife must make a declaration to an officer of the State of her desire to obtain Malagasy citizenship. Citizenship is granted upon this declaration on a two-year probationary basis.
BY NATURALIZATION: Malagasy citizenship can be obtained upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person must be at least 18 years of age, be of good character, be in good mental and physical health, and not have been convicted of a crime within the last year.
DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Child born abroad, who obtains a foreign citizenship, may keep their dual citizenship until the age of majority (21). At that time the child must choose which citizenship they wish to keep.
A Malagasy citizen, who upon marriage to a foreign spouse obtains a foreign citizenship, is not required to renounce their Malagasy citizenship unless it is a requirement (of their other citizenship).
LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP:
VOLUNTARY: Requests for voluntary renunciation of citizenship may be directed to the nearest Malagasy Embassy.
INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Malagasy citizenship: Person voluntarily obtains foreign citizenship. Person marries a foreign national and resides permanently abroad. Person convicted of crime against the security of the State.
ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship should be directed to the address below:
Embassy of the Republic of Madagascar Consular Department 2374 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008
Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-265-5525 Fax: 202-483-7603
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