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Restoration of Citizenship


Former citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who wish to reclaim all rights and privileges enjoyed by citizens must apply to restore their citizenship.




Can I apply?

You can apply to restore your Trinidad and Tobago citizenship if you:

 

  • Are a former citizen of Trinidad and Tobago either by birth or by descent.
  • Lost your Trinidad and Tobago citizenship prior to July 29, 1988 either by:

    • Voluntarily acquiring the citizenship of another country.

    • Renouncing your Trinidad and Tobago citizenship.

 

In order to apply, you must NOT:

 

  • Be in a prohibited class as outlined in Section 8(1) of the Immigration Act.
  • Be a habitual criminal as defined in Section 7(3) of the Immigration Act.

 

The Immigration Act can be viewed in its entirety on the Ministry of National Security's Immigration Division website by following the link below.


Immigration Act

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How do I apply?

You must complete Application Form 16, which can be obtained from any of the Immigration Offices listed below or from any Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Mission.  Contact information for Foreign Missions can be found using the link at the bottom of this section.  Immigration Offices are open Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, except public holidays. 

 

Immigration Division Head Office
67 Frederick Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 623-3571-2

Fax. (868) 623-7520

 

Immigration Office - San Fernando
3 Knox Street
San Fernando
Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 652-0942/3652
Fax. (868) 657-0229

 

Immigration Office - Tobago
Port Authority Building
Milford Road
Scarborough
Tobago, West Indies

Tel. (868) 639-2681
Fax. (868) 639-1868

 

The following documentation must be submitted with your application form:

  • The original and one copy of your Birth Certificate and supporting affidavit, if applicable.
  • If you are a married woman, the original and one copy of your Marriage Certificate.
  • If you are a divorced woman, the original and one copy of your Divorce papers.
  • The original and one copy of your current Naturalisation Certificate.
  • A Police Certificate of Character from the country in which you reside at the time of your application.  Certificates must not be dated more than six months before the date of application.  If you currently live in Trinidad and Tobago, you can follow the link below for information on obtaining a Police Certificate of Character from Trinidad and Tobago.

Your completed application form must be returned, together with all required documentation, to any Immigration Office or Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Mission.  When you make your application, you will have to pay the applicable processing fee listed below.

Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Missions

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What happens after an application is made?

Your application will be submitted to the Chief Immigration Officer, who will review your application and, if necessary, request omitted information.  Once your application is deemed complete, the Chief Immigration Officer will submit it to the Citizenship and Immigration Section of the Ministry for the approval of the Minister.

 

The Chief Immigration Officer will send you written notification of the final decision regarding your application.  If approval is granted to restore your Citizenship, you will have to pay the appropriate fee before collecting your Certificate of Restoration of Citizenship.

 

The period of time from when you submit an application to final decision may vary, but usually takes three months.

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Are there any associated fees?

You must pay a non-refundable processing fee of TT$50.00 when you submit your application form.  If your application is approved, you must then pay TT$500.00 in order to be issued a Certificate of Restoration of Citizenship.  Payments can be made at the Immigration Office or Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Mission where you are submitting your application or collecting your certificate.

 

If you are paying at an Immigration Office, please be advised that the Cashier's Unit at each office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 p.m.  The Cashier's Unit accepts only cash or cheques.

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Where can I find more information?

For more information, please visit the Immigration Division website using the link below.  You may also contact any of the Ministry offices listed below or any Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Mission.  Immigration offices are open Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, except public holidays.  Contact information for Foreign Missions can be viewed using the links below.

 

Citizenship and Immigration Section

Temple Court

31-33 Abercromby Street, Ground Floor

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 623-2441-5

Fax. (868) 625-9405

E-Mail: sbhola@mns.gov.tt

 

Immigration Division - Head Office
67 Frederick Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 623-3571-2

Fax. (868) 623-7520

 

Immigration Office - San Fernando
3 Knox Street
San Fernando
Trinidad, West Indies

Tel. (868) 652-0942/3652
Fax. (868) 657-0229

 

Immigration Office - Tobago
Port Authority Building
Milford Road
Scarborough
Tobago, West Indies

Tel. (868) 639-2681
Fax. (868) 639-1868

Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Missions Immigration Division of the Ministry of National Security

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Forms and Other Downloads

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