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CITIZENSHIP: Argentine citizenship is based upon Argentine Citizenship Law #346.

BY BIRTH: Child born in Argentina, except to accredited ministers of foreign powers. Child born in Argentine legations or on Argentine warships. Child born in neutral waters on ships flying the Argentine flag.

BY DESCENT: Child born abroad, both of whose parents are Argentine citizens.

BY NATURALIZATION: Argentine citizenship can be applied for in two ways: Person must reside within the Republic for at least two years. Person must have married an Argentine citizen. (This does not automatically confer citizenship, and spouse must still fulfill the two-year residency requirement.)

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Two groups are recognized as dual citizens. The first are children (18 and under), born abroad, who acquire citizenship of birth country. Upon reaching maturity at age 18, however, a declaration of allegiance must be made to one country. Citizens of Spain can hold dual citizenship per agreement with Argentina.


VOLUNTARY: Per Argentine consular office, citizenship can only be renounced in the capital, Buenos Aires. Papers must be signed at the police station and then the individual must appear before a judge where the renunciation must be accepted by the Argentine government.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Argentine citizenship: Person acquires foreign citizenship, but does not fall under "Dual Citizenship." Person accepts employment or honors from a foreign government without permission. Person commits fraudulent bankruptcy or has an infamous sentence.

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

The Embassy of the Argentine Republic Consular Section 1600 New Hampshire Ave., NW Washington, DC 20009

Embassy Telephone: 202-238-6400 Consular Telephone: 202-238-6460/63/64 Fax: 202-238-6471


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