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[Please refer to How to Read a Country Entry for help interpreting this material. It was produced prior to March 2001 as part of a US government report entitled Citizenship Laws of the World. The accuracy and depth of these country listings varies significantly, and some information may be incorrect. At best, this page presents only part of the story for a particular country. Additional information for this country may be available in Country Information]


CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon the Citizenship Law of Antigua and Barbuda, dated November 1, 1981. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation). Automatic citizenship for:

Persons Born On or Before October 31, 1981 in Antigua and Barbuda. Outside the nation if either parent was a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, and Citizens of the UKC with particular ties to Antigua, other than those listed above.

(Contact Embassy when questions arise.)

BY BIRTH: Child born after October 31, 1981, in the territory of Antigua and Baruda, regardless of the nationality of the parents. The exceptions are the children born to diplomatic personnel.

BY DESCENT: Child born abroad, after October 31, 1981, at least one of whose parents was a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda.

REGISTRATION: The following persons are eligible to obtain citizenship through registration after October 31, 1981: Person married to a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda at least three years and the marriage is still subsisting and such person is not living apart from the spouse. Commonwealth citizen who resided in Antigua and Barbuda for more than seven years continuously.

BY NATURALIZATION: No information was provided.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: RECOGNIZED. A citizen shall not, solely on the ground that they are or become a citizen of another country, be deprived of citizenship, refused registration as a citizen; or required to renounce citizenship of the other country, by or under any law. The citizen shall not be refused a passport of Antigua and Barbuda or have such a passport withdrawn, cancelled, or impounded solely on the ground that the person is in possession of a passport issued by some other country of which they are a citizen or be required to surrender or be prohibited from acquiring a passport issued by some other country of which they are a citizen before being issued a passport of Antigua and Barbuda or as a condition of retaining such a passport.


VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Antiguan and Barbudan citizenship is permitted by Parliament. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of naturalized Antiguan and Barbudan citizenship: Person obtains citizenship through fraud or false statement. Person is convicted of sedition or treason against Antigua and Barbuda.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship should be directed to the address below:

Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda Consular Section Fax: 202-362-5225 3216 New Mexico Ave, NW embantigua@aol.com Washington, DC 20016 www.antigua-barbuda.com Embassy/Consular Telephone:



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