Citizenship by Ancestry

What Is The Citizenship by Ancestry Program

Citizenship by ancestry or citizenship by descent allows you to become a citizen of a country by proving that you have ancestors who were citizens of that country. Each country has its own requirements for eligibility, and the process involves completing an application form and providing the necessary supporting documents to the relevant immigration authority.

The Benefits

  • Ability to live, work and study in the destination country without getting a visa.
  • Ability to seek consular assistance and protection from the destination country’s diplomatic authorities.
  • Opportunity to obtain a second passport to enhance one’s global mobility.
  • Opportunity to apply for social securities, healthcare subsidies, and education benefits from the destination country.

The Requirements

  • Each country has its own requirements for eligibility.
  • You may be eligible for citizenship through ancestry if you have ancestors who are/were citizens in the destination country.
  • If you’re eligible, you can enjoy benefits such as the ability to live, work, and study in the destination country without a visa, seek consular assistance and protection, obtain a second passport, and apply for social securities, healthcare subsidies, and education benefits.

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    Countries that allow citizenship through descent and ancestry

    Cape Verde Kenya Nigeria South Africa Tunisia
    Argentina Brazil Canada Chile Columbia
    Costa Rica Dominican Republic Mexico United States of America
    Mongolia Philippines Singapore South Korea Taiwan
    Austria Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland
    France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland
    Italy Lithuania Luxembourg Netherlands Norway
    Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia
    Spain Sweden Switzerland Türkiye United Kingdom
    Middle East
    Bahrain Israel Jordan Kuwait Oman
    Australia Fiji New Zealand


    Cape Verde, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia


    Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, United States of America


    Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand


    Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Türkiye, United Kingdom

    Middle East

    Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman


    Australia, Fiji, New Zealand

    The Process

    Due Diligence and Application

    • Complete the application form and gather the required supporting documents (e.g. proof of lineage).
    • Submit application to the relevant immigration authority.


    • Processing time varies between countries.

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