Venezuela: Information on the meaning of a citizenship number beginning with "E" on a person's marriage certificate, particularly whether the letter "E" denotes any specific status or process with regard to citizenship procedures having been commenced
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 November 1996|
|Citation / Document Symbol||VEN25492.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Venezuela: Information on the meaning of a citizenship number beginning with "E" on a person's marriage certificate, particularly whether the letter "E" denotes any specific status or process with regard to citizenship procedures having been commenced, 1 November 1996, VEN25492.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac156c.html [accessed 16 September 2014]|
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An official at the Embassy of Venezuela in Ottawa explained during a 5 November 1996 telephone interview that a person's identification or cedula number preceded by the letter E indicates that the person is a foreigner, not a Venezuelan citizen; therefore, the number is an identification number, not a citizenship number. All foreigners who remain legally in Venezuela for more than three months must obtain a cedula, which is the standard identification document. If the cedula number were preceded by a V, the person would be a Venezuelan citizen. The source pointed out that the E indicates only that the person is not a Venezuelan, and does not in any way refer to nor provide details on the person's specific occupation, reason for being in Venezuela, pending or ongoing procedures related to their status, or other matters.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Embassy of the Republic of Venezuela, Ottawa. 5 November 1996. Telephone interview with Minister-Counsellor.