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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon the Mauritius Independence Order of March 4, 1968. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)

BY BIRTH: Child born in the territory of Mauritius, regardless of the nationality of the parents.

BY DESCENT: Child born abroad in wedlock, whose father is a citizen of Mauritius. Child born abroad and out of wedlock, whose mother is a citizen of Mauritius. All citizen-children born abroad must be registered in Mauritius.

MARRIAGE: A foreign woman who marries a citizen of Mauritius is automatically granted citizenship by registration. A foreign man who marries a citizen of Mauritius can be granted citizenship on an individual case basis.

BY NATURALIZATION: Acquisition of Mauritian citizenship is severely limited and actively discouraged. No policy for naturalization is now in effect.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: RECOGNIZED. Exception: Dual citizenship is recognized for any native-born Mauritian age 21 or older.


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

INVOLUNTARY: There is no current Mauritian policy concerning the involuntary loss of citizenship.

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

Embassy of Mauritius Consular Section 4301 Connecticut Ave., NW STE 441 Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-244-1491/92 FAX: 202-966-0983



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