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CITIZENSHIP: Information on the basis of Maldivian citizenship law was not provided. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of the Maldives does not automatically confer citizenship.

BY DESCENT: Child born of a Maldivian father, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child born of a Maldivian mother and an unknown or stateless father, regardless of the child's country of birth.

MARRIAGE: Foreign spouses of Maldivian citizens are not automatically granted citizenship, and are not required to obtain Maldivian citizenship.

BY NATURALIZATION: Maldivian citizenship may be acquired. The final granting of citizenship is at the discretion of the President of the Republic. The child of a Maldivian mother and a foreign father is eligible to claim Maldivian citizenship upon fulfilling the requirements of the law. Other specifics not provided.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Maldivian citizenship is permitted by law. Final permission must be granted by the President of the Republic. Contact the Maldivian Embassy for details and proper paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: There are no provisions for the involuntary loss of Maldivian citizenship. Persons who acquire a new citizenship should not assume that they have lost their Maldivian citizenship by default.

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

Permanent Mission to the United Nations The Republic of the Maldives 820 Second Ave., STE 800C New York, NY 10017

Mission Telephone: 212-599-6195 Fax: 212-661-6405




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