Countries of Citizenship by Ancestry or Descent

Published at: 08/03/2024 08:17 am

Countries of Citizenship by Ancestry or Descent

Several countries give citizenship if the applicant's family left the country, even generations ago. The citizenship of ancestry or by descent works not only in Europe; now, many states worldwide wish the descendants of the emigrants to rejoin the nation.

Let's take a look at these countries where they grant you citizenship if your family arrived from there:

Europe has, of course, the most countries where you can get a passport fast if you are a descendant:


  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway 
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Türkiye
  • United Kingdom

Remember that the requirements to become a European through ancestry differ. Sometimes it's enough to show that your family lived inside of a historic border (like in Hungary) or that your ancestors were Jewish (in Portugal a simple declaration from a rabbi is enough to prove that your ancestors had to flee from there in the XV. century). However, in most countries, you can become a citizen if at least one of your grandparents was born there and left the country or they had citizenship. Moreover, there is one issue that you have to take very seriously: learn the language! Without the knowledge of the local language (you can choose from four in Switzerland), it is hardly acceptable to apply for citizenship. On the other hand, the local authorities usually do not speak English in Central or Eastern Europe. And sometimes you are also obliged to take a local language or cultural test. 

Middle Eastern Citizenships by Ancestry:

  • Bahrain
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Oman

American Citizenships by Ancestry:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mexico
  • Paraguay
  • United States of America

Asian Citizesnhips by Ancestry:

  • Mongolia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

African Citizenships by Ancestry:

  • Cape Verde
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia

Citizenships by Ancestry in Oceania:

  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • New Zealand

Remember to consider the value of any citizenship. African citizenships, for example, are worth more than gold, when there are wars between the developed countries. 
Are you a descendant of European citizens? Can you prove that with documents? It is worth contacting us, and let's see in which country we can help your application to become an EU citizen again!





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