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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are governed by the Nationality Code of June 12, 1961.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Mauritania does not automatically confer citizenship. Exceptions: Child born in Mauritania of a parent who, though not a citizen, was also born in Mauritania. Child born in Mauritania to non-citizen parents (citizenship after a five year waiting period).

BY DESCENT: Child, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Mauritania, regardless of the child's country of birth.

MARRIAGE: A foreign woman who marries a citizen of Mauritania is immediately granted citizenship, upon request.

BY NATURALIZATION: Mauritanian citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: The person has resided in the country for at least five years, has had no law violations, and has become acquainted with the language and customs of Mauritania.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED, in most circumstances (specificity not provided). Exception: Mauritanian woman who marries a foreign national and must take the nationality of her husband does not lose her Mauritanian citizenship unless she formally requests removal.


VOLUNTARY: Voluntary loss of Mauritanian citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and proper paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Mauritanian citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship and does not fall into any exempted categories.

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

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania Consular Section 2129 Leroy Pl., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-232-5700 Fax: 202-319-2623


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