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[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: Data showing basis for citizenship regulations was not provided.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Cape Verde does not automatically confer citizenship. The exception is a child born to unknown parents.

BY DESCENT: Child, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Cape Verde, is granted citizenship regardless of the country of birth.

BY NATURALIZATION: Cape Verdean citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person must have resided in the country for at least five years. Person who makes a sizeable investment in Cape Verde may be granted citizenship without the residency requirement.

MARRIAGE: Person who marries a citizen of Cape Verde is automatically eligible for citizenship upon request.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Cape Verdean citizenship is permitted under law. Contact Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: No information was provided.

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

Embassy of the Republic of Cape Verde Consular Section 3415 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20007

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-965-6820 Fax: 202-965-1207


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