- 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renounced their Kenyan nationality when acquiring the citizenship of another country (in accordance with the repealed constitution), are entitled to regain their citizenship by applying in the prescribed manner.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citizenship and have renounced or lost their Kenyan citizenship at the age of twenty-three (23) (in accordance with the repealed constitution), are automatically considered a Kenyan citizen by birth and may apply for citizenship in the prescribed manner;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:-
- Duly completed application form 3 attested to by a Commissioner of Oaths or 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
- Copy of Kenyan passport/ or National Identity Card;
- Copy of the other country’s National Passport;
- Copy of certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship. (If not in English, it must be translated into English and certified by the Issuing Authority or Notarized with official stamps);
- For those whose names have changed, application must be accompanied by supporting documents e.g. copy of marriage certificate if through marriage, and Deed Poll & a Gazette Notice for others.
- Copy of birth certificate;
- Verify that you have the required document/pre-requisites, and you meet the relevant criteria before you apply.
- A self-addressed envelope with sufficient stamps, international coupons or click here for information on postal charges.
- Incomplete applications will not be accepted.