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CITIZENSHIP: The basis for citizenship laws was not provided.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the Republic of Lebanon does not confer citizenship.

BY DESCENT: A child whose father is a citizen of Lebanon is considered to be a Lebanese citizen.

A child born in Lebanon to a foreign mother, without acknowledgement by a Lebanese father, obtains the nationality of the mother.

All children of Lebanese descent born outside of Lebanon must be registered at the Lebanese embassy or the child's Lebanese citizenship will not be automatically granted.

BY NATURALIZATION: Lebanese citizenship can be acquired by fulfilling the following condition: Person has applied for, and been granted, a Decree from the Lebanese Council of Ministers. Naturalized citizenship cannot otherwise be acquired.



VOLUNTARY: To voluntarily renounce Lebanese citizenship, person must send a letter of renunciation to the nearest Lebanese embassy or consulate. The embassy will forward the renunciation to Lebanon. The embassy will notify the individual if the renunciation is approved.

Lebanese citizenship, voluntarily renounced, can be reacquired if the reasons for renunciation no longer apply.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Lebanese citizenship: Person engages in the service of a foreign state. Person commits an offense against the security of the Lebanese state.

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

The Embassy of Lebanon Consular Section 2560 28th St., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy Telephone: 202-939-6300 Consular Telephone: 202-939-6305 Fax: 202-939-6324



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