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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship for Ukraine is based upon the 1991 Statute on Citizenship. All those who resided in Ukraine until the approval of this statute retain their citizenship.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Ukraine does not automatically confer citizenship.

BY DESCENT: Child born within the territory of Ukraine with at least one parent a citizen of Ukraine. Child born abroad, having permanent residence in Ukraine, with at least one parent a citizen of Ukraine.

REGISTRATION: Citizenship may be granted by registration for the following persons: Children adopted by citizens of Ukraine. Persons who have no other citizenship and at least one parent or grandparent Ukrainian by birth. Foreign persons and persons without citizenship, under certain conditions (unspecified) listed in the Statute on Citizenship.

BY NATURALIZATION: Ukrainian citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person does not possess any foreign citizenship, has resided in Ukraine for at least five years, is able to function in the Ukrainian language, and is knowledgeable of the Ukrainian Constitution.



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

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Ukrainian citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship. Person enrolls for military service, security service, law enforcement activities, judicial bodies, or other bodies of state power of a foreign state.

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

Embassy of Ukraine Consular Office 3350 M St., NW Washington, DC 20007

Consular Telephone: 202-333-7507 Fax: 202-333-7510



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