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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: The basis for the laws on citizenship of the Central African Republic (CAR) is the Constitution adopted on January 7, 1995.

BY BIRTH: Child born within the territory of the Republic regardless of the nationality of the parents. The exception is a child born to certain diplomatic personnel.

BY DESCENT: Child born abroad of a Central African Republic father. Child born abroad of a foreign father and a CAR mother is eligible for CAR citizenship if desired by the parents. Child is also eligible to retain the citizenship of the father, due to CAR's recognition of Dual Citizenship.

MARRIAGE: Foreign national who marries a citizen of the Central African Republic is automatically eligible for citizenship by registration upon marriage.

BY NATURALIZATION: Central African Republic citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following condition: Person resides in the country five to seven years.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Central African Republic citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of naturalized Central African Republic citizenship: Citizenship was obtained by fraud or false statement. Person committed serious crimes after obtaining citizenship. Person commits acts of disloyalty to the government.

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

Embassy of the Central African Republic Consular Section 1618 22nd St., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-483-7800/01 Fax: 202-332-9893


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