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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon the Solomon Islands Independence Order No.783, dated July 7, 1978. The Solomon Islands, a former British Colony and a Commonwealth Nation, have a variety of categories of person eligible for citizenship. (UKC-Commonwealth)
The following categories of people were automatically eligible for citizenship at the time of Independence, July 7, 1978: Person who belonged to a people indigenous to the Solomon Islands. Any woman who was married to an indigenous Solomon Islander.
The following categories of people were eligible to register as citizens of the Solomon Islands up to two years after Independence Day: Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (UKC) or a British Protected Person (BPP), as well as their spouse and children, who was born in the Solomon Islands. Citizen of the UKC or a BPP, as well as their spouse and children, who had resided in the Solomon Islands for at least seven years.
BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of the Solomon Islands does not automatically confer citizenship.
BY DESCENT: Child born on or after July 7, 1978, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of the Solomon Islands, regardless of the child's nation of birth.
BY NATURALIZATION: No information was provided.
DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exceptions: Non-indigenous citizens of the Solomon Islands who possess a second citizenship have two years --or until the person reaches age 18, whichever comes later-- to renounce this second citizenship or Solomon Island citizenship will be revoked. Persons who obtain Solomon Island citizenship have six months to renounce their former citizenship or Solomon Island citizenship will be revoked.
LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP:
VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Solomon Island citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the UN Mission for details and required paperwork.
INVOLUNTARY: Only under Dual Citizenship restrictions.
ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:
Permanent Mission to the UN Solomon Islands 800 Second Ave. 4th Floor New York, NY 10017-4709
Mission Telephone: 212-599-6192/3 Fax: 212-661-8925
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