Trinidad and Tobago Citizenship

Trinidad and Tobago Citizenship

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon the Citizenship Act of August 30, 1962 (Independence Day), and the revised Constitution, dated 1976.  All persons who were granted citizenship at the time of Independence remained citizens under the 1976 Constitution.  (UKC-Commonwealth Nation)

  • BY BIRTH: Child born in Trinidad and Tobago, on or after August 30, 1962, regardless of the nationality of the parents. The exception is a child born to foreign diplomatic personnel, neither of whom is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • BY DESCENT: Child born abroad on or after August 30, 1962, either of whose parents are citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • REGISTRATION: The following are eligible for citizenship by registration:
  • Commonwealth citizens, citizens of Ireland, British Protected Persons (BPP), and foreign husbands of Trinidad and Tobagoan wives who are of good character, know English, have resided in the country for five years, and have renounced previous citizenship.
  • Foreign woman married prior to August 30, 1962, to a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, the marriage continuing to the present.
  • BY NATURALIZATION: Trinidad and Tobagoan citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person is of good character, knows English, has resided for eight years in the country, plans to continue to reside in Trinidad and Tobago and has renounced former citizenship. This applies to foreign husbands of Trinidad and Tobagoan wives not eligible for citizenship by registration.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO DUAL CITIZENSHIP:  RECOGNIZED 

Beginning July 29, 1988, citizens by birth or descent arepermitted to hold dual citizenship.  Persons who lost or renounced citizenship before that date mayreapply for their citizenship.Exception: Dual citizenship is not recognized in the case of naturalized or registered citizens.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP:

  • VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Trinidad and Tobagoan citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.
  • INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Trinidad and Tobagoan citizenship by naturalization or registration:
  • Citizenship was obtained through fraud or false statements.
  • Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship.
  • Person continues to exercise the rights and privileges of a citizen of their former country.

For more detailed information and advice on citizenship, please Contact EFSAG.