Widows and Widowers of Kenyan Citizens

The application for registration as a citizen of Kenya by widows and widowers of a Kenyan citizen proceeds from section 12(1) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011 which provides for: -


  1. A foreign national who has been married to a citizen who but for the death of the citizen would have been entitled, after a period of seven (7) years, to be registered as a citizen of Kenya under section 11, shall be deemed to be lawfully present in Kenya for the unexpired portion of the seven years and shall be eligible for registration as a citizen on application in the prescribed manner upon expiry of the seven (7) year period;


  3. The conditions for registration provided in section 11 shall apply to a widow or widower who has applied for registration under this section; and
  4. A widow or widower who marries a non-citizen before the expiry of the period of seven (7) years shall not be entitled to acquire citizenship by registration under this section.

The requirements include: -

  1. Application on form 9
  2. Copy of Marriage certificate;
  3. Certificate of good conduct;
  4. Proof that the marriage was not entered into for the purpose of acquiring immigration or citizenship status (Sworn affidavit);
  5. Proof that the marriage is subsisting (applicable to spouses);
  6. Copy of applicant’s passport;
  7. Copy of Kenyan passport or identity card of the Kenyan spouse;
  8. Copy of death certificate of spouse;
  9. Two (2) passport size photographs;
  10. Copy of dependants pass or permit;
  11. The Questionnaire to be duly completed by applicant (Click here for questionnaire)
  12. Fee is as follows:
  13. Type of citizenship Application Amount (SEK)
    Registration for Citizenship for widows and widowers from East African community Partner State 500
    Registration for widows and widows 2,000

  14. Fee is paid to (Click here); and
  15. Verify that you have the required document/pre-requisites and you meet the relevant criteria before you apply.


  1. Incomplete applications will not be accepted;
  2. Registration fee is non-refundable; and
  3. Application must be presented to the Immigration officer in Nairobi