Dual Citizenship Bangladesh

Bangladeshi citizenship is based primarily on jus sanguinis, through blood.

Bangladesh permits dual citizenship under limited circumstances. Citizens of USA, UK Australia, Canada and Europe of Bangladeshi origin may apply for a Dual Nationality Certificate. This certificate makes it legal to possess a Bangladeshi passport in addition to a foreign passport. Those eligible for a Dual Nationality Certificate can apply for the certificate through a local consulate or embassy. For those in Bangladesh, you can submit the application to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka.

Bangladesh Dual Citizenship

How can you acquire Bangladeshi citizenship?

Citizenship By City-of-birth


Those that are born to at least one Bangladeshi parent acquire citizenship at birth. Those that are born in Bangladesh to parents whose identity and/or nationality are unknown also acquire citizenship by birth, as the child is assumed to be born to Bangladeshi nationals.

Citizenship at birth is also conferred upon Urdu-speaking people of Bangladesh since May 2008.

Citizenship By Naturalization


Naturalization is at the discretion of the Bangladesh government and may be provided categorically or by withholding certain rights and privileges. However, generally, those meeting the following requirements may apply for naturalization:

  • must be residing in Bangladesh for at least 5 years (2 years for those married to a Bangladeshi), having resided continuously for 12 months;
  • be of good character;
  • competent in Bengali language;
  • intent to reside in Bangladesh.

Those who naturalize as Bangladeshi citizens must give up any other nationalities or citizenships. After the naturalized alien has taken the oath, the spouse and children may apply for naturalization.

Citizenship By Marriage


Those who marry a Bangladeshi citizen may apply for citizenship provided that he or she has resided in Bangladesh for at least 2 years.

Citizenship By Investment


Those who invest $5,000,000.00 (U.S.) in an industrial or commercial project in Bangladesh or those who transfer $1,000,000.00 to any recognized financial institution of Bangladesh may apply for Bangladeshi citizenship. This amount is non-repatriable.

Those who invest $75,000.00 in Bangladesh may apply for permanent residency.