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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 Law of Citizenship, dated 1961. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)

BY BIRTH: Persons of African Negro (sic; Constitution) descent, born in Sierra Leone on or before April 26, 1961, who fell into the following categories, were granted Sierra Leonean citizenship: Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (UKC) British Protected Person

Child born in Sierra Leone on or before April 26, 1961, none of whose parents or grandparents were born in Sierra Leone, is not eligible for citizenship.

BY DESCENT: Child whose father and a grandfather were Sierra Leoneans of African Negro descent, regardless of the child's country of birth.

REGISTRATION: Person, either of whose parents is a Negro of African descent, may apply to register as a citizen of Sierra Leone.

BY NATURALIZATION: Sierra Leonean citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has resided in the country for at least five years, has observed the laws, and has contributed to the development of the country.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Sierra Leonean citizenship is permitted by law. The renunciation must be in Sierra Leone. Contact the Office of the Attorney General or Minister of Justice, Guma Building, Lamina Sankoh Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

INVOLUNTARY: No information was provided.

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

Embassy of Sierra Leone Consular Section 1701 19th St., NW Washington, DC 20009

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-939-9261 Fax: 483-1793



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