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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon the Barbadian Constitution. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)

BY BIRTH: Child born in the territory of Barbados, regardless of the nationality of the parents.

BY DESCENT: Child born abroad, in wedlock, whose father is a citizen of Barbados. Child must be registered with the nearest Barbadian diplomatic representative. Child born abroad, out of wedlock, whose mother is a citizen of Barbados. Child must be registered with the nearest Barbadian diplomatic representative.

REGISTRATION: Foreign woman, who has married a citizen of Barbados, may apply for citizenship through registration.

BY NATURALIZATION: Person may acquire Barbadian citizenship by having a longstanding residence of at least five years.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of citizenship is permitted under law. Letters of renunciation must be sent to:

Barbados Immigration Office The Wharf Bridgetown, Barbados,WI

Person should request form REN 1, fill out the form, and return it to the Immigration Office along with their Barbadian passport. Person will receive form REN 2, a certificate of renunciation of Barbadian citizenship.

INVOLUNTARY: Barbadian citizenship may be involuntarily removed by law. No information is available on these laws.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship should be directed to the address below:

The Embassy of Barbados Consular Section 2144 Wyoming Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-939-9200/01/02 Fax: 202-332-7467


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