What does citizenship by virtue of descent mean?


A child acquires citizenship of the Republic of North Macedonia at birth if at least one of the parents is a national of the country. 

That is, the child acquires citizenship of the Republic of North Macedonia by virtue of descent when the following conditions are met: 

  • If both parents are nationals of the Republic of North Macedonia, the child acquires citizenship irrespective of the place of birth. 
  • If one of the parents is a national of the Republic of North Macedonia and the child is born in the Republic of North Macedonia, the spouse must provide consent for the child to acquire citizenship of the country. 

If the child is born abroad and only one parent is a national of the Republic of North Macedonia, the child may acquire citizenship if: 

  • An application is submitted to register the child in the Register of Citizens prior to the child reaching the age of 18;
  • The child returns to live in the Republic of North Macedonia with you before the age of 18, or
  • The child aged 18-23 submits an application to be registered in the Register of Citizens. 

Please note that if the other parent is unknown or of unknown citizenship, the child will acquire citizenship of the Republic of North Macedonia irrespective of the place of birth!

Last updated: 21 December 2020