TN 7 (05-05)

RS 02640.060 Evidence of Citizenship in Other Countries

A. Glossary

The following is a list of the acronyms for the documents and agencies shown in RS 02640.060B.

Acronym

Document

BC

Birth certificate

CC

Citizenship certificate

IC

Identity card

NC

Naturalization certificate

RC

Registration certificate

Acronym

Document

CR

Civil Registry

DI

Department of Immigration

DP

Diplomatic posts (includes Embassies and consulates)

MFA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MI

Ministry of the Interior

MJ

Ministry of Justice

NOTE: The titles of documents and authorities can vary slightly from those shown.

B. Kinds of Evidence of Citizenship

This chart provides information on documents (in addition to passports) which are issued as evidence of citizenship and the authorities that make citizenship determinations in the countries listed. Unless otherwise noted, the same authority makes the citizenship determination and issues the documents. Where there is no entry in the document column, passports are the only documents issued as proof of citizenship. (See GN 00303.300.E for information on passports.)

Country

Documents Issued As Proof of Citizenship

Authority Which Makes Citizenship Determinations

Antigua-Barbuda

NC, RC

MFA

Argentina

IC (Documento Nacional de Identidad)

CR

Australia

Full BC (for births before 8/20/86), Certificate of Extract from Register of Births or Register of Citizenship by Descent, Declaratory Certificate, CC, RC

Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

Austria

CC

Local/Municipal Atuhorities

Bahamas

BC, CC

Ministry of Nationality and Citizenship, MFA

Barbados

NC, RC

DI

Belgium

IC, Certificate of Nationality

MJ,CR,DP and Communal Authorities

Belize

BC (for births after 9/21/81). NC

MFA

Bolivia

BC, IC, Military Service Book, Supreme Resolution (for naturalized citizens)

MI

Brazil

BC, NC

CR, DP, MJ

Brunei

Yellow ID

National Registration Bureau, DP

Bulgaria

BC, Naturalization Decree

MJ

Chile

BC, Certificate of Nationality

CR, MI

Colombia

IC

DP, MFA, Public Notaries, Municipal Authorities

Croatia

CC (Domovnica)

MI

Cuba

IC

MI

Cyprus

NC

MI

Czech Republic

CC, IC

National Committee in the residential district

Denmark

CC, NC

Ministry of Refugees, Immigration and Integration Affairs.

Dominica

NC, RC

Immigration Office

Dominican Republic

NC

Secretariat of Interior and Police, Presidential Decree

Ecuador

IC

CR, MFA

El Salvador

IC

City Hall

Fiji

BC, CC

DI, DP

Finland

Finish Official Certificate

MI, President

France

IC

MI, DP, Tribunal D'Instance in each city hall

Germany

IC, NC, CC

County Hall (Regierungsbezrkshauptstadt)

Greece

CC

IC, Mitroon arrenon and Demotologion IF verified or obtained by the Federal Benefits Unit, Athens

MI

MI, mayor and president of the local community

Grenada

RC

MFA

Guatemala

BC, NC

CR, DP, MFA

Guyana

NC, RC

Ministry of Home Affairs

Honduras

BC, IC, NC

MJ, Registro Nacional de Las Personas

Hungary

IC, CC

Immigration Office of MI

Iceland

Declaration of Citizenship

Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs

Indonesia

BC, CC, Record of Oath of Allegiance and Decree of President

State Court/Department of Justice

Ireland

BC, NC, Certificate of Foreign Births Registration, Certificate of Nationality, Letter from Department of Justice or Irish diplomatic office acknowledging receipt of acceptance of citizenship

Department of Justice, DP

Israel

CC, IC (showing bearer is an Israeli citizen)

MI

Italy

CC, Certificate of Nationality, IC

CR, DP, MI

Jamaica

——

Passport and Immigration Office of the Jamaica Constabulary Force

Japan

Family Register, Certificate of Nationality

DP, Ward Office

Jordan

Family Book. IC

Civil Status Department of MI

Korea, South

Family Register

MJ, Ward Office

Laos

IC

Police

Luxembourg

CC

MJ

Malaysia

CC, Certificate of Status

Ministry of Home Affairs

Mexico

Letter of Naturalization

Secretariat of Foreign Relations

Netherlands

CC, IC

Ministry of Justice

Nicaragua

BC, Resolution published in “La Gaceta”

MI

Norway

Certificate of Nationality

Directorate of Immigration

Panama

BC, IC, Voter Registration Card

Civil Registry, Ministry of Government and Justice

Paraguay

BC, NC

MJ

Peru

Certificate of Nationality, Voting Card

MI

Philippines

BC, NC

Commission on Immigration and Deportation, Department of Foreign Affairs and Deportation, Regional Trial Courts

Poland

IC

Department of Citizenship Affairs or MI

NOTE: ICs are issued by CRs.

Portugal

IC, Certificate of Nationality

Civil Registry office of the Ministry of Justice

Romania

IC

People's Council

St. Kitts/Nevis

NC, RC

Ministry of Legal Affairs

St. Lucia

CC, NC

Ministry of Home Affairs

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

NC, RC

Immigration Office

Saudi Arabia

Family Book, IC

Civil Affairs Office of MI

Slovakia

CC, ID

MI

Slovenia

BC issued after 1974

CC, IC

CR

Administrative Unit (Upravna Enota)

Spain

IC

MJ

NOTE: ICs are issued by the MI.

Sri Lanka

CC

Ministry of Defense

Surinam

Decree of Citizenship

Central Registrar in Paramaribo

Sweden

CC

Immigration Board

Switzerland

IC, Certificate of Origin

Varies among cantons (i.e., Cantonal Central Police, State Chancery, Communal Council, etc.)

Syria

BC, Civil Extract, IC

DP, MI

NOTE: Syrian missions abroad are permitted to issued BCs and Civil Extracts for persons born outside Syria.

Tajikistan

BC (prior to age 16)

Internal passport (after age 15)

CR. DP

MI

Thailand

Official confirmation

Director General of the Police Department

Trinidad and Tobago

BC, RC, IC

Ministry of National Security with the Immigration Division.

Turkey

Census Certificate

General Directorate of Census Affairs in the MI

U.S.S.R.

——

Presidium of the Supreme Soviet

United Arab Emirates

Family Book

Ministry of Homeland Security

United Kingdom

NC, RC

Nationality Division of the Home Office

Uruguay

Nationality Card, Voter Registration Card

Corte Electoral

Venezuela

IC

National Bureau of Identification and Aliens


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RS 02640.060 - Evidence of Citizenship in Other Countries - 07/10/2017
Batch run: 07/10/2017
Rev:07/10/2017