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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon the Paraguayan Constitution.
BY BIRTH: Child born within the territory of the Republic of Paraguay, regardless of the nationality of the parents.
BY DESCENT: Child born abroad, one of whose parents is a natural-born Paraguayan and who is in the service of the Republic.
Child born abroad, one of whose parents is a natural-born Paraguayan, if the child takes up permanent residency in Paraguay and has not exercised rights or complied with obligations inherent in the citizenship of the country of birth.
BY NATURALIZATION: Persons seeking Paraguayan citizenship through naturalization fall into two categories (further naturalization requirements were not provided): Has ties to Paraguay (must declare intention to become citizen):
Child born abroad, one of whose parents is a native-born Paraguayan, who has exercised rights or complied with obligations required of their country of birth. Child born abroad to non-Paraguayan parents who are in the service of the Republic and have established residency in Paraguay. Has no ties to Paraguay: Must be at least 18 years of age, have resided in Paraguay for at least three years, exhibited good conduct, and have continued gainful employment.
DUAL CITIZENSHIP: RECOGNIZED (only native-born Paraguayans may hold dual citizenship).
LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP: No native-born Paraguayan may be involuntarily deprived of their citizenship, but may voluntarily relinquish it. Neither marriage nor the dissolution of a marriage shall alter the nationality of a spouse or that of their children.
VOLUNTARY: Letters of renunciation may be sent to the nearest Paraguayan Embassy abroad.
INVOLUNTARY: The following are conditions for the involuntary loss of naturalized Paraguayan citizenship: Voluntary acquisition of a foreign citizenship. Unjustified absence from the country for more than three years.
ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:
Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay Consular Section 2400 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008
Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-483-6960/61/62 Fax: 202-234-4508
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