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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: Citizenship laws are based upon the Constitution of Kuwait.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Kuwait does not automatically confer citizenship. Kuwait has a large number of guest workers living in the country; Kuwaiti law considers them to be citizens of their country of origin. Children born in Kuwait of long term guest residents do not qualify for citizenship. In all cases, unless the child is born to a Kuwaiti citizen, the child is born a citizen of the parents' home country.

BY DESCENT: Child born in wedlock, whose father is a citizen of Kuwait, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child born out of wedlock, to a Kuwaiti mother and an unknown father, regardless of the child's country of birth.

MARRIAGE: A foreign woman who marries a citizen of Kuwait may obtain citizenship after 15 years residency. A foreign man who marries a citizen of Kuwait is not eligible for citizenship.

BY NATURALIZATION: Kuwaiti citizenship may be obtained under the following specific condition: Person is granted citizenship through a special act of government.



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

INVOLUNTARY: There are no grounds for involuntary loss of Kuwaiti citizenship.

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

Embassy of the State of Kuwait Consular Section 2940 Tilden St., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-966-0702 Fax: 202-966-8468



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