Stateless Persons

Stateless Persons

Application for registration as a citizen of Kenya by a stateless person proceeds from Section 15 of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011 which provides that a person who does not have an enforceable claim to the citizenship of any recognized state and has been living in Kenya for a continuous period since 12th December, 1963, shall be deemed to have been lawfully resident and may, on application, in the prescribed manner be eligible to be registered as a citizen of Kenya if that person: —

  1. Has adequate knowledge of Kiswahili or a local dialect;
  2. Has not been convicted of an offence and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of three years or longer;
  3. Intends upon registration as a citizen to continue to permanently reside in Kenya or to maintain a close and continuing association with Kenya; and
  4. The person understands the rights and duties of a citizen.

The requirements include: –

  1. Application form 13 to be duly completed ;
  2. Two (2) passport size photographs;
  3. The applicant should not hold a passport or an identification document of any other country;
  4. The applicant must have adequate knowledge of Kiswahili or a local dialect;
  5. Certificate of good conduct;
  6. The applicant should understand the rights and duties of a citizen; Proof of continuous residence in Kenya since 12th December 1963;
  7. A sworn affidavit of the continuous residence in Kenya; and
  8. Verify that you have the required document/pre-requisites and you meet the relevant criteria before you apply.
  9. Fee of SEK 200 to be paid to (Click here); and


  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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