Citizenship Services

The U.S. Embassy in Tunis offers the following citizenship related services (separate from the immigrant visa process):

 U.S. Citizenship for Minors

A child born abroad to a U.S. Citizen parent(s) in Tunisia or Libya has a claim to U.S. citizenship if the U.S. citizen parent(s) meet one of the following five conditions prior to the birth of the child:

  • BOTH of the child’s biological parents are U.S. citizens and one of the parents has resided in the United States at some point.
  • Only ONE of the child’s biological parents is a U.S. citizen, the child’s parents are MARRIED at the time of birth, and the U.S. citizen parent has been physically present in the U.S. for a period of at least five years, two of which must have been after the age of 14.
  • The child was born to an UNMARRIED, MALE U.S. citizen who has been physically present in the U.S. for a period of at least five years, two of which must have been after the age of 14.  In this case, the U.S. father must agree in writing to support his child until the child reaches the age of 18 years.
  • The child was born on or before June 11, 2017 to an UNMARRIED, FEMALE U.S. citizen who has spent at least 365 days of uninterrupted physical presence in the U.S. at any time prior to birth.
  • The child was born after June 11, 2017 to an UNMARRIED, FEMALE U.S. citizen who has been physically present in the U.S. for a period of at least five years, two of which must have been after the age of 14.

If you determine that your child has a valid claim to U.S. citizenship, your child is eligible for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Please review this link for information about how to apply for a CRBA at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, to request an appointment, and/or to learn about the application requirements.   If your child does not have a claim to U.S. citizenship by birth, you can file an I-130 petition on their behalf directly with USCIS. 

U.S. Citizenship for Adults

If you are over 18 years of age, currently residing in Tunisia or Libya, and believe you have claim to U.S. citizenship, please email TunisACS@state.gov to discuss and/or to schedule an appointment.

Once scheduled, please prepare for your appointment by bringing the following:

  • Forms:  Complete and print online form DS-11. Please do NOT sign it. If you do not remember your U.S. Social Security Number, please email the Federal Benefit Unit in Paris, France before applying for the passport.
  • Passport:  Bring an original and copy of your valid government issued ID (foreign passport).
  • Proof of Citizenship:  Your U.S. citizen parent should accompany you and bring their proof of all periods of physical presence in the U.S.
  • Photo:  One color 2×2 inch photo.
  • Payment:  You can pay the fee of 145 USD (or the TND equivalent) at the time of your interview in cash or by international credit card.

 

If you do not have a valid claim to U.S. citizenship by birth, a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident relative can file an immigrant petition (I-130) on your behalf with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Please review the USCIS website to learn more about green card eligibility categories.  Please note that I-130 petitions should be filed online directly with USCIS, not at or through the U.S. Embassy in Tunis.

Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship

If you are currently residing in Tunisia or Libya and would like to make a formal renunciation of your U.S. nationality, please email TunisACS@state.gov.  Please also review the detailed information about the renunciation of U.S. nationality abroad process on the Department of State’s website here.

Those contemplating a renunciation of U.S. citizenship should understand that the act is irrevocable, except as provided in section 351 of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1483), and cannot be canceled or set aside absent a successful administrative review or judicial appeal.

A person wishing to renounce their U.S. citizenship must voluntarily and with intent to relinquish U.S. citizenship:

  • Appear in person before a U.S. consular or diplomatic officer,
  • in a foreign country  at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, and
  • sign an oath of renunciation.

Anyone seeking to renounce their citizenship will be required to schedule two appointments with the U.S. Embassy in Tunis:

  • The first appointment (which can be conducted via telephone) is an information session. During this appointment, a consular officer will conduct a short interview to establish citizenship and explain the consequences of renunciation.
  • The second appointment will take place at the Embassy, during which the renunciant will confirm their understanding of the consequences of their decision and then take the oath of renunciation.  During this appointment, the renunciant will read and sign form DS-4081 and then submit form DS-4080.  A non-refundable renunciation fee of $2,350.00 is required during the second appointment (payable in USD, TND, or by credit card).