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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is governed by the code of Moroccan Nationality, dated September 6, 1958.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Morocco does not automatically confer citizenship.

BY DESCENT: Child of a Moroccan father, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child of a Moroccan mother and an unknown or stateless father, regardless of the child's country of birth.

MARRIAGE: A foreign woman who marries a Moroccan citizen can become a Moroccan citizen by declaration after two years residency and marriage.

BY NATURALIZATION: Moroccan citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has continually resided in the country for five years and is of full age. Citizenship must be approved by Cabinet decree.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: RECOGNIZED. Exception: Moroccan law recognizes dual citizenship, but permission must be granted by the government before a second citizenship is acquired. Dual citizenship by default is not recognized.


VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Moroccan citizenship is permitted by law. Renunciation is not automatic and must be approved by the Ministry of Justice. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Moroccan citizenship (unless the government has previously permitted the activity): Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship. Moroccan woman marries a foreign national and acquires the husband's citizenship. Person serves in the military or public employment of a foreign state and refuses the Moroccan government's demand that they resign.

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

Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco Consular Section 1601 21st St., NW Washington, DC 20009

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-462-7979 through 82 Fax: 202-462-7643


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