How to Apply for Citizenship in Bolivia

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Foreigners may apply for Bolivian citizenship only after fulfilling certain requirements and prerequisites, and after having spent a specified amount of time in Bolivia as a resident first. There are four sets of requirements under which one may choose to apply for citizenship in Bolivia. There are also certain considerations to take into account before choosing between residency or citizenship. We highly recommend reading this page on the differences between residency and citizenship before choosing.

You can apply for Bolivian citizenship if...

a) You have lived as a legal resident in Bolivia for a minimum of 3 (three) continuous, uninterrupted years.

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b) You are married to a Bolivian citizen and have lived as a legal resident in Bolivia for a minimum of 2 (two) continuous, uninterrupted years.

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c) You have a child born in Bolivia (even if you and/or your spouse are foreigners), and you have lived as a legal resident of Bolivia for a minimum of 2 (two) continuous, uninterrupted years.

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d) You have served in the Bolivian military and have lived as a legal resident of Bolivia for a minium of 2 (two) continuous, uninterrupted years.

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The lists of requirements available here were downloaded directly from the website of the Bolivian Immigration Service, available on the date this article was last published or updated. We do our best to keep up with changes to the laws and adjust the information on our pages accordingly. However, the content on this website should never be considered legal advice by you and we do recommend that you inform yourself fully by visiting Bolivian authorities prior to applying for Bolivian citizenship.

This page was last updated on 3 July 2015.


Additional Steps to the Citizenship Application

Once you have determined that you qualify to apply for citizenship, and have fulfilled all of the steps required by the Bolivian Immigration Service, one of the last steps that you will eventually be required to take is the Bolivian citizenship test. Click here to read more about it.


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