TABLE 8.4.B Citizenship at Birth and Citizenship Acquisition Through Naturalization for Selected Countries

 

Acquired Naturality/Citizenshipa

Country

Minimum Age

Years of Residence

Good Character

Never Convicted of a Crime

Knowledge of the Language

Renounce Former Citizenship

Application Cost (U.S. Dollars)

Australia

18

3

X

X

X

 

$67

Canada

18

3

 

X

X

 

200b

United States

18

5

X

X

X

 

95

Belgium

18

5

 

X

 

 

192c

France

18

5

X

X

X

 

No fee

Germany

18

10

 

 

 

X

3,000d

Netherlands

18

5

 

 

 

 

300

Sweden

18

5

 

 

 

X

100

Switzerland

20

12

 

 

 

 

56,000e

United Kingdom

18

5

 

 

 

 

250

a In addition to minimum age and period of residence requirements, applicants for naturalization must also satisfy the requirements noted with an X.

b There is an application fee of $100 plus a $100 Right of Citizenship fee for adults. Children under 18 years of age need not pay the latter fee.

c The registration fee is $192 (Belgian francs 6,000) for applicants aged 22 years and older. For applicants aged 18 to 21 years, the fee is $128 (BF 4,000). There is no fee for children.

d The maximum application cost is about $3,000 U.S. (5,000 German marks), or 75 percent of the applicant's monthly income.

e The application cost for Swiss citizenship is high and varies by the applicant's income and among Swiss cantons. The highest cost is in the Canton of Geneva, where a high-income adult applicant is charged about $56,000 (75,000 Swiss francs).



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