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 Citizenship and Naturalization Act of May 10, 1979 (date of independence). All persons who were citizens of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands prior to the date of independence are considered citizens of Micronesia.

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

BY DESCENT: Child, at least one of whose parents was a citizen of the Trust Territory before independence or was a citizen of Micronesia after independence.

BY NATURALIZATION: Micronesian citizenship is acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has resided in the country for at least five years. Person is the child or spouse of a citizen of Micronesia Person is a permanent resident of Micronesia. Person is competent in one of the languages of the country. Person has renounced previous citizenship.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Dual citizenship was recognized before the constitution was adopted. According to the constitution, anyone who possessed dual citizenship prior to May 10, 1979, has up to three years after their 18th birthday, or three years after the acceptance of the constitution, whichever is later, to retain Micronesian citizenship and renounce other citizenship. Those who do not renounce other citizenship will become a "national" (permanent resident) of Micronesia.


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

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Micronesian citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires foreign citizenship. Person declares formal allegiance to a foreign state. Person enters the service of foreign armed forces. (Service in the armed forces of the United States is permitted in certain cases.) Person votes in a political election of a foreign state.

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

Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia Consular Section 1725 N St., NW Washington, DC 20036

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-223-4383 Fax: 202-223-4391


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