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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon the Constitution of Guatemala.

BY BIRTH: Child born within the territory of Guatemala, regardless of the nationality of the parents, including birth on any Guatemalan ship or aircraft.

BY DESCENT: Child born abroad, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Guatemala.

BY NATURALIZATION: Guatemalan citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has renounced previous citizenship. Person has legally resided in the country for one of the following time periods:

Five years collectively without being out of the country for more than one year. Periods of time that total ten years. Two years continuously.

Other persons eligible for citizenship include: Person who has rendered service to Guatemala. Person who has lived in another Central American country. Person who is stateless. Person who is accomplished in science, art, or philanthropic efforts.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Guatemala maintains dual citizenship agreements with some countries of Central and South America. If questions arise, contact the Embassy.


VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Guatemalan citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Guatemalan citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires the citizenship of a foreign country (other than those nations with which dual citizenship agreements exist).

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

Embassy of Guatemala Consular Section 2220 R St., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-745-4952/53/54 Fax: 202-745-1908


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