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

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



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]

Thousands of Persians were forced to become "Iraqi" under this law.[3]

Dual citizenshipEdit

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 freedomEdit

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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ Page 7, Article 18 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2016-10-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Refworld | Law No. (46) of 1963 - Iraqi Nationality". Refworld. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  3. ^ <Simon, Reeva S.; Tejirian, Eleanor Harvey (2004). "4. The Evolution of the Iran-Iraq Border". The Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-13293-0.

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