Citizenship By Ancestry

Obtain citizenship through descent or ancestry

Eligibility for Citizenship By Ancestry

  • 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

Advantages

  • 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

Process

  • 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

Which countries allow citizenship through descent and ancestry?

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

*Note: The above is a non-exhaustive list of countries that offer citizenship by ancestry options

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