Brazil: Whether an individual born in Brazil, to parents who are not Brazilian citizens, has Brazilian citizenship
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Publication Date||11 May 2010|
|Citation / Document Symbol||BRA103493.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Brazil: Whether an individual born in Brazil, to parents who are not Brazilian citizens, has Brazilian citizenship, 11 May 2010, BRA103493.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50b85fd72.html [accessed 23 May 2013]|
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In a telephone interview with the Research Directorate on 10 May 2010, an official at the Embassy of Brazil in Ottawa stated that a child born in Brazil qualifies for Brazilian citizenship even if his or her parents are not Brazilian citizens (Brazil 10 May 2010). The Official stated that a Brazilian birth certificate acts as proof of the right to Brazilian citizenship (ibid.). Citizenship Laws of the World similarly notes that a child born in Brazil qualifies for Brazilian citizenship "regardless of the nationality of the parents" (US Mar. 2001). According to the Official, there is an exception to this rule if the parents were in Brazil as diplomats (Brazil 10 May 2010).
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Brazil. 10 May 2010. Embassy of Brazil in Ottawa. Telephone interview with a visa officer of the Consular Section.
United States (US). March 2001. Department of Personnel Management. "Brazil." Citizenship Laws of the World.
Additional Sources Consulted
Internet sources, including: The Embassy of Brazil in Ottawa, the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC, Factiva