Dual Citizenship/ Nationality
- According to the new constitution, anyone holding citizenship of another
country is automatically recognized as a citizen of Kenya by birth, so long as they are able to prove that one or both of their parents is/was a Kenyan citizen
at the time of their birth (e.g. by presenting the parent’s/parents’ national ID
card(s) or passport(s);
- Kenyan citizens by birth who wish to obtain the citizenship of another country
which does not allow dual citizenship, may voluntarily renounce their Kenyan
citizenship. They are entitled to regain their Kenyan citizenship at a later date
by applying in the prescribed manner;
- Kenyan citizens by birth who voluntarily renounced their Kenyan nationality
when acquiring the citizenship of another country (in accordance with the
repealed constitution), are entitled to regain their citizenship by applying in the
prescribed manner. The procedure, undertaken by the Ministry of Immigration
and Registration of Persons, may take a period of one year or more;
- Kenyan citizens who hold dual citizenship and have renounced or lost their
Kenyan citizenship at the age of twenty-three (23) (in accordance with the
repealed constitution), are automatically considered a Kenyan citizen by birth
and may apply for citizenship in the prescribed manner;
- Kenyan citizens who obtain the citizenship of another country are required to
disclose their other (non-Kenyan) citizenship within three months of
becoming a dual citizen. Failure to do so is an offence;
- Section 8(3) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011 provides that:
every dual citizen shall disclose his/her other citizenship in the prescribed
manner within three months of becoming a dual citizen; and
- Section 8(4) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011 provides that:
a dual citizen who fails to disclose the dual citizenship in the prescribed
manner commits an offence and shall be liable, on conviction, to a fine not
exceeding five million shillings or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three
years or both.
The requirements include:-
- Declaration form 3 duly completed and Notarized with official stamps.
- Three(3) current, clear and un-mounted passport size photographs not less than 6 months. Click for specifications;
• No earing or headgear(no hats).
•Hair should be away from the face
- Kenyan National Identity Card (original and copies);
- Original Kenya passport;
- Non-Kenyan passport;
- Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship; and
- Verify that you have the required document/pre-requisites and you meet the
relevant criteria before you apply.
- A self-address envelope with sufficient stamps, international coupons or click here for information on postal charges.
- Click for checklist to enable accurate submission of requirements
- Incomplete applications will not be accepted; and
- Application must be presented to the Immigration officer in Nairobi.