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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon the Code of Nationality dated January 26, 1956.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Tunisia does not necessarily confer citizenship. Exceptions: A child born to stateless or unknown parents A child born in Tunisia, of a Tunisian mother and foreign father.

BY DESCENT: Child whose father is a citizen of Tunisia, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child of a Tunisian mother and a foreign father may obtain Tunisian citizenship upon the request of the father. Child whose mother is a citizen of Tunisia and whose father is unknown or stateless, regardless of the child's country of birth.

MARRIAGE: Foreign woman, whose country demands that their citizenship be renounced in order to marry, is granted citizenship at the time of her marriage to the Tunisian spouse. Foreign woman, whose country does not demand renouncement of citizenship, may apply for Tunisian citizenship in two years.

NATURALIZATION: Tunisian citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has resided in a fixed residence in the country for at least five years, has no criminal record, is knowledgeable of the Arabic language, is in good health, and is of good character. The residence requirement is less than five years for those with blood or marital ties to Tunisian citizens.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of citizenship is permitted by law upon receiving permission by Presidential Decree, routine in most situations. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Tunisian citizenship: Person has committed a crime. Treason. Person has avoided military service. Person gave false information to naturalization office.

Citizenship acquired through marriage is revoked upon annulment of the marriage.

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

Embassy of Tunisia Consular Section 1515 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20036

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-862-1850 www.tunsisiaonline.com Fax: 202-862-1858


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