A noncommercial collection of information about citizenship, dual citizenship and multiple citizenship
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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, dated 1989. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)
Those born before or on the date of independence, October 1, 1960, whose parents or grandparents were born in Nigeria and who were legally residing in Nigeria at the time, are considered citizens of Nigeria.
BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Nigeria does not automatically confer citizenship.
BY DESCENT: Child, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Nigeria, regardless of the child's country of birth.
REGISTRATION: The following persons are eligible to become citizens through registration: A foreign woman who marries a citizen of Nigeria. Person who is of adult age (17), born outside Nigeria, any of whose grandparents is or was a citizen of Nigeria. A foreign child adopted by Nigerian parents.
BY NATURALIZATION: Nigerian citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person is of full age (17), has resided in Nigeria for at least 15 years, is of good character, plans to remain in Nigeria, is familiar with Nigerian language and customs, has a viable means of support, and has renounced previous citizenship.
DUAL CITIZENSHIP: RECOGNIZED. Exception: Dual citizenship is only recognized for Nigerian citizens by descent.
LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP:
VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Nigerian citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.
INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Nigerian citizenship: Registered or Naturalized citizen voluntarily acquires the citizenship of a foreign country. Naturalized citizen, before seven years of residence, sentenced to prison for three years or more. Registered or Naturalized citizen is convicted of acts of disloyalty to the Republic of Nigeria.
ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship should be directed to the address below:
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Consular Section 2201 M St., NW Washington, DC 20037
Embassy Telephone: 202-822-1500 Consular Telephone: 202-822-1539/40/41 Fax: 202-775-1385
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