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CITIZENSHIP: The State of Brunei Darussalam became fully sovereign in January of 1984. The laws concerning citizenship were created to be in accordance with general Islamic law. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)

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

BY DESCENT: Child born in wedlock of a Bruneian father, regardless of the country of birth. Child born out of wedlock of a Bruneian mother and unknown or stateless father, regardless of the country of birth.

BY NATURALIZATION: Acquisition of Bruneian citizenship is only possible through marriage or adoption.

MARRIAGE: Marriage of a Bruneian male and a foreign female. The foreign spouse may register for citizenship after 10 years residency.

Marriage of a Bruneian female and a foreign male. The foreign spouse must obtain permanent residency status, possess a means of support, and have resided in Brunei for 15 years.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Child born abroad of Bruneian parents who obtains the citizenship of the country of birth, may retain dual citizenship until the age of majority (18). Upon reaching the age of majority, the person must choose which citizenship to retain.


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

INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Bruneian citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship.

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

Embassy of the State of Brunei Darussalam Consular Section 3520 International Court NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-342-0159 Fax: 202-342-0158




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