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CITIZENSHIP: Information concerning the basis for Chilean citizenship law was not provided.

BY BIRTH: Child born in the territory of Chile, regardless of the nationality of the parents. The exceptions are children of foreign diplomats or of transient foreigners.

BY DESCENT: Child born abroad, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Chile, provided the person establishes a residence in Chile before the age of 21.

BY NATURALIZATION: Chilean citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has resided in the country for at least five years. Person has shown proof of renunciation of previous citizenship.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exceptions: Chile has a dual citizenship agreement with the country of Spain. Child born abroad to Chilean parents, who obtains citizenship of country of birth, may retain dual citizenship until the age of majority (21). Upon reaching the age of majority, person must choose which citizenship to retain. Persons, working or living abroad, who must acquire a foreign citizenship as a condition of remaining legally in that country.


VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of citizenship is permitted by law. No paperwork is necessary, but the person must notify the embassy, show proof of new citizenship, and turn in Chilean passport.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Chilean citizenship: Person voluntarily obtains foreign citizenship. Person gives aid and comfort to wartime enemies of Chile.

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

Embassy of Chile Consular Section 1732 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20036

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-785-1746 Fax: 202-887-5579



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