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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon Law #13/91 dated May 13, 1991.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the Republic of Angola does not automatically confer citizenship. The only exception is a child born in Angola to unknown or stateless parents.

BY DESCENT: Child at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Angola, regardless of the country of birth.

MARRIAGE: A foreign national who marries a citizen of Angola may apply for citizenship after marriage. A foreign spouse who obtains Angolan citizenship upon marriage may keep the citizenship in the event of a divorce or annulment if the marriage was entered into in good faith.

BY NATURALIZATION: Angolan citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person is of legal age (18), has resided in Angola for at least 10 years collectively, has an established means of support or livelihood, and is capable of integrating into Angolan society.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Child born abroad of Angolan parents, who obtains the nationality of the country of birth, may retain dual citizenship until reaching the age of 18, when one citizenship must be chosen.


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

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Angolan citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires foreign citizenship. Naturalized citizen is convicted of crimes against the State. Naturalized citizen serves in the military of a foreign State. Naturalized citizenship was obtained by fraud or false statements.

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

Embassy of the Republic of Angola Consular Section 1899 L St., NW STE 500 Washington, DC 20036

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-785-1156 Fax: 202-785-1258



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