Citizenship

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GROUNDS FOR APPLYING FOR OR GRANTING RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ACQUISITION ARE THE FOLLOWING

* Birth on the territory of Rwanda;

* Founding; 

* Marriage;

* Adoption;

* National interest;

* Special skills or talent;

* Substantial sustainable investments or activities;

* Residence in Rwanda;

* Honour;

* Being an immigrant;

* Statelessness.

WHERE APPLICATION IS MADE

* At the head office of the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration

* At all districts Immigration offices where the applicant resides.

* In foreign countries, the application shall be submitted at the Rwandan Embassy or Consulate in his/her country of residence

PROCESSING TIME

* Six (6) months 

FEES

* Five thousand (5,000) Frw or its equivalent in foreign currency

A PERSON WHO APPLIES FOR RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ORIGIN MUST FULFIL THE FOLLOWING

* Testimonies of three Rwandans who know him/her well;

* Birth certificate issued by the country of birth;

* Application letter confirming the applicant is of Rwandan ancestry by either parent and his /her family was living in a place known in Rwanda;

* One recently taken colored passport photo with white background;

* Payment slip of 5 000Frw non-refundable paid to Irembo; Click here to request for payment advice ticket;

* Detailed CV;

* Fill the application form Click here.

A FOREIGNER WHO INTENDS TO APPLY FOR RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ACQUISITION ON GROUNDS OF NATIONAL INTEREST SUBMITS TO THE DIRECTORATE GENERAL THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS

* Birth certificate;

* Copy of passport;

* Copy of residence permit, if he / she resides in Rwanda;

* A certificate that he/she has not been sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 6 months or prosecuted (criminal record);

* Letter that a relevant organ addresses to the Director General, describing the national interest that would justify granting Rwandan nationality by acquisition to the applicant;

* One recently taken colored passport photo with white background;

* Payment slip of 5 000Frw or its equivalent non-refundable paid to Irembo, Click here to request for payment advice ticket;

* Detailed CV;

* Fill the application form Click here.

A FOREIGNER INTENDING TO APPLY FOR RWANDAN NATIONALITY BASED ON BEING IMMIGRANT SUBMITS TO THE DIRECTORATE GENERAL THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS

* Birth certificate (if applicable);

* A copy of passport and foreign identity card (if applicable);

* Proof that he/she has residing and physically living on the territory of Rwanda at least for twenty-five (25) years;

* A certificate that he/she has not been sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 6 months or that he has not been prosecuted;

* Written statement of his or her personal circumstances which details the inability to fulfil the requirements for or to acquire Rwandan nationality by acquisition on any other ground;

* One recently taken colored passport photo with white background;

* Payment slip of 5 000Frw or its equivalent non-refundable paid to Irembo, Click here to request for payment advice ticket;

* Detailed CV;

* Fill the application form Click here.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO APPLY FOR ACQUISITION OF RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ACQUISITION ON GROUNDS OF SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT OR ACTIVITIES

* Birth certificate (if applicable);

* A copy of passport and residence permit if applicable;

* A certificate that he has not been sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 6 months or that he has not been prosecuted. (criminal record);

* Payment slip of 5 000Frw or its equivalent non-refundable paid to Irembo, Click here to request for payment advice ticket;

* A proof of registration as an investor in Rwanda; 

* A proof of his or her sustainable activities in Rwanda;

* One recently taken colored passport photo with white background;

* Detailed CV;

* Fill the application form Click here.

REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR ACQUISITION OF RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ACQUISITION ON GROUNDS OF SPECIAL SKILLS OR TALENT

* Birth certificate (if applicable);

* Payment slip of 5 000Frw or its equivalent non-refundable paid to Irembo, Click here to request for payment advice ticket;

* A copy of passport;

* A certificate that he has not been sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 6 months or that he has not been prosecuted. (criminal record);

* Copy of residence permit if applicable;

* A letter that a relevant organ addresses to the Director General describing why the applicant’s special skills or talent are needed in Rwanda and that this would justify granting Rwandan nationality by acquisition to the applicant;

* Commitment letter that he or she will use the special skills or talent in the interest of Rwanda;

* One recently taken colored passport photo with white background;

* Detailed CV;

* Fill the application form Click here.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO APPLY FOR ACQUISITION OF RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ACQUISITION ON GROUNDS OF RESIDENCE IN RWANDA

* Birth certificate (if applicable);

* Payment slip of 5 000Frw or its equivalent non-refundable paid to Irembo, Click here to request for payment advice ticket;

* A copy of passport;

* A certificate that he has not been sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 6 months or that he has not been prosecuted. (criminal record);

* A proof of his or her lawful residence in Rwanda for at least fifteen (15) consecutive years;

* One recently taken colored passport photo with white background;

* Detailed CV;

* Fill the application form Click here.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO APPLY FOR RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ACQUISITION ON GROUNDS OF BIRTH ON THE TERRITORY OF RWANDA

* Birth certificate / certificate of identity (if applicable) proving that the applicant is  at least 18 years old;

* Document certifying that the applicant’s parents were legally residing in Rwanda at the time of his / her birth;

* A certificate that he has not been sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 6 months or that he has not been prosecuted. (criminal record);

* A copy of passport (if any);

* Certificate of registration as foreigner if he/she resides in Rwanda / residence permit;

* Payment slip of 5 000Frw or its equivalent non-refundable paid to Irembo, Click here to request for payment advice ticket;

* One recently taken colored passport photo with white background;

* Detailed CV;

* Any other proof that the applicant was born in Rwanda;

* Certificate of good conduct from local authority where he / Lives for at least one year;

* Proof of your properties in the country, activities / occupation;

* Fill the application form Click here.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO APPLY FOR RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ACQUISITION TO A FOUNDING

* Document from civil registrar at sector level certifying that the child was found on the territory of Rwanda and identity of his/her parent is unknown;

* Any other proof that the child was found on the territory of Rwanda;

* One recently taken colored passport photo with white background;

* Fill the application form Click here.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO APPLY FOR RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ACQUISITION ON GROUNDS OF MARRIAGE

* Birth certificate;

* A marriage certificate;

* Justification of shared common marital life for last five (5) years issued by the Executive Secretary of the cell of his/her residence or by representative of Rwanda abroad in case he/she lives abroad;

* A certificate providing that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six months’ imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings;

* A copy of passport (if any) and certificate of registration as foreigner if he/she resides in Rwanda / residence permit;

* Payment slip of 5 000Frw or its equivalent non-refundable paid to Irembo, Click here to request for payment advice ticket;

* One recently taken colored passport photo with white background;

* Rwandan identity card for the Rwandan spouse or any other justification of his / her Rwandan nationality.

* Detailed CV;

* Detailed CV of Rwandan spouse and 3 Rwandan referees who known him / her;

* To fill the application form Click here.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO APPLY FOR RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ACQUISITION ON GROUNDS OF ADOPTION

* The adoption record issued by Rwandan Civil registrar;

* Criminal record if the child at least 14 years old;

* Identity card of his/her Rwandan adoptive parent;

* Application letter addressed to Director General from adoptive parent.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO APPLY FOR RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ACQUISITION ON THE GROUNDS OF NATIONAL INTEREST

* Birth certificate;

* Letter that a relevant organ addresses to the Director General, describing the national interest that would justify granting Rwandan nationality by acquisition to the applicant;

* A certificate providing that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six months’ imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings;

* A copy of passport (if any) and certificate of registration as foreigner if he/she resides in Rwanda / residence permit;

* Payment slip of 5 000Frw or its equivalent non-refundable paid to Irembo, Click here to request for payment advice ticket;

* Two recently taken colored passport photos with white background;

* Detailed CV.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO APPLY FOR RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ACQUISITION ON GROUNDS OF HONOUR

* Recognition of one’s distinguished character;

* Recognition of one’s distinguished achievements;

* Such other condition as may be determined;

* Birth certificate;

* Existence of a national interest in connection with the applicant;

* Existence of a document that the relevant organ addresses to the organ in charge of Rwandan nationality, describing the national interest that would justify granting Rwandan nationality by acquisition to the applicant;

* A certificate providing that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six months’ imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings;

* A copy of passport (if any) and certificate of registration as foreigner if he/she resides in Rwanda / residence permit;

* Payment slip of 5 000Frw or its equivalent non-refundable paid to Irembo, Click here to request for payment advice ticket;

* Two recently taken colored passport photos with white background;

* Detailed CV.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO PERSONAL OR THIRD-PARTY APPLICATION FOR RWANDAN NATIONALITY BY ACQUISITION ON GROUNDS OF STATELESSNESS  

* The applicant or the beneficiary is stateless person on the territory of Rwanda on the date of application;

* To not pose a threat to national security;

* A certificate providing that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six months’ imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings;

* Payment slip of 5 000Frw or its equivalent non-refundable paid to Irembo, Click here to request for payment advice ticket;

* One recently taken colored passport photo with white background;

* Detailed CV.

NATIONALITY ARISING FROM ACQUISITION OF NATIONALITY BY PARENTS

A child meeting the following requirements becomes automatically Rwandan like his or her parents: 

* Having born to a parent having been granted Rwandan nationality by acquisition, or having been adopted by a parent having been granted Rwandan nationality by acquisition;

* Be under age of majority;

* A certificate providing that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six months’ imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings;

* A copy of passport (if any) and certificate of registration as foreigner if he/she resides in Rwanda / residence permit;

* Payment slip of 5 000Frw or its equivalent non-refundable paid to Irembo, Click here to request for payment advice ticket;

* Two recently taken colored passport photos with white background;

* Detailed CV.

RENOUNCING THE RWANDAN NATIONALITY  

* Application letter motivating reasons of renouncing the Rwandan nationality;

* Handing over of the identity documents and travel documents possessed as a Rwandan;

* Proof of acquisition of another nationality;

* Certificate proving that the applicant is not subject to criminal proceedings in Rwanda (police clearance); 

* Payment slip of 5,000Frw (non-refundable) paid to Click here to request for payment advice ticket; 

* Detailed CV;

* Two recently taken colored passport size photos with white background; 

* Testimonies from at least three people who know him/her as a Rwandan (place of residence, Profession, relationship, telephone number);

* To fill the application form click here.