Iraqi nationality law

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Iraqi Citizenship Act
Coat of arms of Iraq (2008).svg
Parliament of Iraq
An Act relating to Iraqi citizenship
Enacted by Government of Iraq
Status: Current legislation

Iraqi nationality is transmitted by one's parents.[1]


The first nationality law was passed in 1924, and that year, on 6 August, all people within the bounds of Iraqi jurisdiction automatically acquired Iraqi citizenship.[2][citation needed]

Dual citizenship[edit]

As per the 2006 reforms, Iraq recognises dual nationality. Prior to then, Iraqi nationals who acquired another citizenship lost their Iraqi citizenship automatically.[citation needed] Some countries' nationality laws (like that of Japan) nonetheless require their nationals to choose between keeping those other countries' citizenship or their Iraqi citizenship.

Travel freedom[edit]

Visa requirements for Iraqi citizens

In 2016, Iraqi citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 30 countries and territories. Thus, the Iraqi passport ranks 102nd in the world, according to the Visa Restrictions Index.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Page 7, Article 18 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2016-10-18. 
  2. ^ "Refworld | Law No. (46) of 1963 - Iraqi Nationality". Refworld. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 

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