Afghanistan Citizenship Law

CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon the Official Gazette of the Ministry of Justice for
the Republic of Afghanistan dated March 19, 1992.
. BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Afghanistan does not automatically confer citizenship.
Exception is a child of unknown/stateless parents.
. BY DESCENT: Child whose mother or father is a citizen, regardless of the country of birth.
. MARRIAGE: Foreign national who marries a citizen of Afghanistan is granted citizenship upon
. BY NATURALIZATION: Afghan citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following
conditions: Person was born in Afghanistan and has resided continually in country for at least
five years.
Exceptions: A former citizen of Afghanistan, who fled the country due to political instability or war
and has acquired new citizenship, may still hold "unofficial" Afghan citizenship. This is recognition
that those who fled the country might some day want to return as Afghan citizens without losing
new citizenship.
The Afghani spouse of a foreign national is not required to renounce Afghan citizenship unless
demanded by the spouse's country.
. VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Afghan citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the
Embassy for details and required paperwork. The following persons are not allowed to
renounce citizenship:
. Person who has continuing financial obligations to the government or other institutions.
. Person who has been convicted of a crime and sentenced to jail.
. Persons involved in national security, whose loss to the country might endanger Afghan
. INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Afghan citizenship: Person
voluntarily acquires foreign citizenship and does not fall under the exempted status described
under "Dual Citizenship." Persons concerned with dual citizenship should not assume their
Afghan citizenship was lost by default. Embassy should be contacted and citizenship formally
ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be
directed to the address below:
Embassy of the Republic of Afghanistan, Consular Section
2341 Wyoming Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Embassy/Consular Section: 202-234-3770/71
Fax: 202-328-3516