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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon the Nauruan Community Ordinance of 1956 -1966, as well as the Constitution of Nauru, dated January 30, 1968. (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)

According to the 1968 Constitution, a person who, on January 30, 1968, was included in one of the classes of persons who constituted the Nauruan Community in the Nauruan Community Ordinance, is a citizen of Nauru.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Nauru does not automatically confer citizenship. Only in the case of persons born in the territory who would otherwise be stateless is citizenship automatically granted.

BY DESCENT: Child born on or after January 31, 1968, one of whose parents was a Nauruan citizen at the time of the child's birth, even if the parent dies before the child is born.

Child born on or after January 31, 1968 of a marriage between a Nauruan citizen and a Pacific Islander and neither parent has within seven days after birth declared that the child is not a Nauruan citizen.

MARRIAGE: A woman, who is not a Nauruan citizen, who marries a Nauruan citizen, is entitled to apply to become a Nauruan citizen.

BY NATURALIZATION: Parliament may make provisions for acquisition of Nauru citizenship by an individual who is not otherwise eligible to be a Nauru citizen.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Nauruan woman who receives a second citizenship upon her marriage to a foreign national, does not lose her Nauruan citizenship.


VOLUNTARY: Parliament may make a provision for renunciation of an individual's Nauruan citizenship. Other information about renunciation of Nauruan citizenship was not provided.

INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Nauruan citizenship: Voluntary acquisition of foreign citizenship.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship should be directed to the address below:

Library of Congress Law Library, Directorate of Legal Research Western Law Division James Madison Memorial Building, Rm. LM-240 Washington, DC 20540-3230

Telephone: 202-707-7850 Fax: 202-707-1820

Nauru has no diplomatic representation in the United States. It has a consulate in Agana, Guam.

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