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CITIZENSHIP: Nepalese citizenship is based on the Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal, updated and amended in 1990, and the Nepal Citizenship Act of 1964.

BY BIRTH: Child born in Nepal, regardless of the citizenship of the parents.

BY DESCENT: A child whose father is a citizen of Nepal at the time of the child's birth. Child found within the Kingdom of Nepal whose parents are not known, until the father of the child can be traced.

BY NATURALIZATION: Nepalese citizenship can be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person can read and write the national language of Nepal. Person is engaged in any occupation in Nepal. Person has resided in Nepal for no less than 15 years. Person has taken steps to renounce the citizenship of their former country.

OTHER: Woman married to a citizen of Nepal, who has initiated steps to renounce her previous citizenship. Person is an internationally distinguished professional who has applied for Nepalese citizenship, and is granted an honorary Nepalese citizenship. Whenever any territory is incorporated into the Kingdom of Nepal, every person having domicile within such territory shall become a citizen of Nepal.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of citizenship, when living in Nepal, may be directed to the Office of the Chief District Officer in any major city. If abroad, renunciations may be sent to the nearest consular section of a Nepalese embassy.

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

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

Royal Nepalese Embassy Consular Section 2131 Leroy Place., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-667-4550 Fax: 202-667-5534



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