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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon the Constitution of Tuvalu Ordinance, dated September 15, 1986, and the Citizenship Ordinance 1979.

BY BIRTH: Child born on or after September 15, 1986 in Tuvalu, regardless of the nationality of the parents. The exception is a child whose parents are not citizens, and whose father is a diplomatic representative.

BY DESCENT: Child born abroad on or after September 15, 1986, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Tuvalu.

MARRIAGE: Foreign national, who marries a citizen of Tuvalu, may register for citizenship.

BY NATURALIZATION: No information was provided.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Tuvaluan citizenship is permitted by law. Tuvalu does not have diplomatic representation in the United States; renunciation will have to be initiated elsewhere.

INVOLUNTARY: No information was provided.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning Tuvalu Citizenship Law should be directed to the address below:

Library of Congress Law Library, Directorate of Legal Research Western Law Division James Madison Memorial Building, Rm. LM-240 Washington, DC 20540-3230

Telephone: 202-707-7850 Fax: 202-707-1820


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