A noncommercial collection of information about citizenship, dual citizenship and multiple citizenship

[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 Sudanese Nationality #22, dated 1957, Law #55, dated 1970, and Law #47, dated 1972.

BY BIRTH: Person born on or before January 1, 1957: Child born in the territory of Sudan, whose parents had established residency in Sudan. Person born after January 1, 1957: Birth in the territory of Sudan does not automatically confer citizenship. The exception is a child born to unknown parents.

BY DESCENT: Person born on or before January 1, 1957: Person whose father and paternal grandfather had been permanently residing in the Sudan since 1924.

Person Born after January 1, 1957: Child of a native-born Sudanese father, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child of a naturalized Sudanese father, regardless of the child's country of birth, if the father was naturalized before child's birth.

MARRIAGE: Foreign woman who marries a citizen of the Sudan may obtain citizenship provided she is married according to Sudanese Law, lives in marriage with her husband for at least two years, and renounces her former citizenship.

BY NATURALIZATION: Sudanese citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person is a legal adult, has resided in Sudan for 10 years, knows the Arabic language, is of good morality, has committed no crimes, desires to remain in the country, renounces previous citizenship, is in good health, and declares loyalty to the country.



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

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Sudanese citizenship: Person obtains new citizenship. Naturalized citizenship obtained through fraud or falsity. Naturalized citizen lives abroad more than 5 years, without registering.

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

Embassy of Sudan 2210 Massachusetts Avenue Washington DC 20008

Telephone: 202-338-8565



Help us improve this site!
Important information and Disclaimer

Copyright (C) 2002-2007 All rights reserved.