Residence Permit

Citizenship Through Lawful Residence

Application for registration as a citizen of Kenya by lawful residents proceeds from section 13(1) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011 which provides that a person who has attained the age of majority and capacity who has been lawfully resident in Kenya for a continuous period of at least seven (7) years may on application be registered as a citizen if that person: —

  1. Has been ordinarily resident in Kenya for a period of seven years, immediately preceding the date of application;
  2. Has been a resident under the authority of a valid permit or has been exempted by the Cabinet Secretary, in accordance with section 34(3)(h) and who is not enjoying the privileges and immunities under the Privileges and Immunities Act (Cap. 179);
  3. Has resided in Kenya throughout the period of twelve months immediately preceding the date of the application;
  4. has an adequate knowledge of Kenya and of the duties and rights of citizens as contained in this act;
  5. Is able to understand and speak Kiswahili or a local dialect;
  6. Understands the nature of the application under subsection (1);
  7. Has not been convicted of an offence and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of three years or longer;
  8. Satisfies the Cabinet Secretary that he or she intends to reside in Kenyaafter registration;
  9. Has been determined, through an objective criterion, and the justification made, in writing, that he or she has made or is capable of making a substantive contribution to the progress or advancement in any area of national development within Kenya; and
  10. Is not an adjudged bankrupt.

The requirements include: –

  1. Application form 10 duly completed;
  2. Applicant to complete questionnaire Form (Click here);
  3. Declaration concerning Residence (form N)
  4. Two (2) passport size photographs;
  5. Copy of national passport;
  6. Certificate of good conduct;
  7. Copy of the permit held for the last seven (7) years;
  8. Applicant’s PIN number;
  9. Marriage certificate if any;
  10. Oath of allegiance;
  11. Proof that the applicant is not adjudged bankrupt(personal bank statement);
  12. Proof of contribution made to the progress or advancement in any area of national development within Kenya or capability to do so;
  13. Be able to understand and speak Kiswahili or local dialect;
  14. Have adequate knowledge of Kenya and of duties and rights of citizens as contained in the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act; and
  15. Understand the nature of the application;

Note: —(The last 3 requirements are demonstrated before the Citizenship Advisory Committee)

  1. Fee of SEK 2,000 is paid; and
  2. 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
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