Citizenship Through Marriage

Citizenship Through Marriage

This refers to the application for registration as a citizen of Kenya by a spouse of a Kenyan citizen. Section 11 of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011 provides for a person who has been married to a citizen of Kenya for a period of at least seven (7) years shall be entitled, on application, in the prescribed manner to be registered as a citizen of Kenya, if:-

  1. The marriage was solemnized under a system of law recognized in Kenya, whether solemnized in Kenya or outside Kenya;
  2. The applicant has not been declared a prohibited immigrant under this Act or any other law;
  3. The applicant has not been convicted of an offence and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of three years or longer;
  4. The marriage was not entered into for the purpose of acquiring a status or privilege in relation to immigration or citizenship; and
  5. The marriage was subsisting at the time of the application.

The requirements include: –

  1. Applicant to complete form 8;
  2. Copy of Applicant’s birth certificate;
  3. Copy of applicant’s foreign passport;
  4. Copy of Applicant’s pass or current & previous work permit(s);
  5. Copy of PIN Number;
  6. Copy of Marriage certificate;
  7. Copy of Kenyan birth certificate of Spouse;
  8. Copy of Kenyan passport of spouse;
  9. Copy of Kenya National Identity Card of Spouse;
  10. Two (2) passport size photographs;
  11. Certificate of good conduct;
  12. Questionnaire for intending applicants (Print the questionnaire for application);
  13. A joint sworn affidavit;
  14. Copy of dependant’s pass or permit;

Fee is as follows: –

Type of citizenship Application Amount(SEK)
Registration of Citizenship by marriage3,000
Registration of Citizenship by marriage to spouses from an East African Community Partner State500
  1. Fee is paid to (Click here); and
  2. Verify that you have the required document/pre-requisites and you meet the relevant criteria before you apply.

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  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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