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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 is based upon the Code of Nationality, regulation No.95-098 of 1995. This regulation replaced No.62-18 of February 3, 1962.

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

BY DESCENT: Child of a Malian mother or father, regardless of the child's country of birth.

MARRIAGE: A foreign woman who marries a citizen of Mali may register for citizenship after the marriage, with no residency requirements. A foreign man who marries a citizen of Mali may register for citizenship three years after the marriage.

BY NATURALIZATION: Malian citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has resided for at least five years in the country and has renounced former citizenship.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: Recognized by Article 38 of the Code of Nationality.


VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Malian citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork. Any Malian national with permanent residency abroad who has acquired a foreign citizenship can voluntarily renounce Malian citizenship, according to conditions stated in Article 45 of the Code.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Malian citizenship (pending current review of Dual Citizenship laws): Malian woman marries a foreign national and adopts her spouse's citizenship. Naturalized Malian citizen commits crimes or other actions not in the interest of the Malian state or people, within the first 10 years of naturalization.

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

Embassy of the Republic of Mali Consular Section 2130 R St., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-332-2249 or 202-939-8950 Fax: 202-332-6603


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