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KIRIBATI (Formerly the Gilbert Islands)

CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship information is based on the Kiribati Independence Order dated July 12, 1979. These persons were eligible for automatic citizenship on Independence Day, July 12, 1979: Person of Kiribati descent (i.e., person descended from those born in Kiribati before 1900) who was born in Kiribati and was a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (UKC). Person not of Kiribati descent, but who was born in Kiribati. Person of Kiribati descent, or a citizen of the UKC, who was naturalized in Kiribati. Person of Kiribati descent, a citizen of the UKC, born abroad, whose father was a citizen of Kiribati. Foreign woman who was married to person eligible for Kiribati citizenship.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Kiribati, on or after July 12, 1979, does not automatically confer citizenship. The only exception is a child born to unknown or stateless parents.

BY DESCENT: For persons born on or after July 12, 1979: Child of a native-born Kiribati father, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child born out of wedlock to a Kiribati mother and an unknown father, regardless of the child's country of birth.

MARRIAGE: A foreign wife of a Kiribati citizen is eligible to register for citizenship.

BY NATURALIZATION: No information was provided.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Kiribati citizenship is permitted by law.

INVOLUNTARY: There are no grounds for the loss of citizenship for those of Kiribati descent. The following are grounds for involuntary loss of all other forms of Kiribati citizenship: Person voluntarily obtains foreign citizenship, except by marriage. Person exercises rights or privileges, or submits to any requirements, of a foreign state. Naturalized citizenship that was obtained through fraud or falsity.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning Kiribati Citizenship Law should be directed to the addresses below:

Law Library American-British Law Division Rm. LM 240 Library of Congress/Madison Building Washington, DC 20540-3020 -Telephone: 202-707-5077 -Fax: 202-707-1820

The Republic of Kiribati does not have an embassy in the United States; the Ambassador for the Marshal Islands is the accredited representative of Kiribati in the United States.

Republic of the Marshall Islands Attn: Kiribati Interest Section 2433 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20008 -Embassy Phone: 202-234-5414 -Fax: 202-232-3236


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