DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF IMMIGRATION AND EMIGRATION
The Directorate General is your contact point for all matters concerning permits, foreigner’s identity cards and Rwandan nationality.
Enquiries can be made at the Directorate General’s offices in Kigali – located at Kacyiru, Ministerial building near to the US Embassy.
The Directorate General has offices located in the headquarters office of every District in Rwanda
Directorate General Website: www.migration.gov.rw
Directorate General Telephone enquiries +250 788152222 and Fax (250) 0252585292
People coming to settle temporarily in Rwanda are required to come with the police clearance or police criminal record from the country of residence of the last 6 months.
For more details about the permits in Rwanda, please visit the following page,
Office opening hours to all,
Monday – Friday 7.00am to 5.00pm
All foreigners temporarily (one year and above) or permanently resident in Rwanda, not tourists, are required to hold a Foreigner’s Identity Card also known in Rwanda as GREEN CARD. The cards must be produced to any person in authority who requests to see them.
It is advisable to carry the card with you whenever you are outside your home.
Cards are obtainable at the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration and cost 5000 Rwf, after being issued with work/resident permit.
Foreigners can acquire the foreigner’s registration card at the same time as they acquire their temporary resident permit. The validity of the card is equal to the length of their permit.
A foreigner holding an entry or visitor visa (as distinct from a temporary residence permit) does not require a foreigner’s identity card but is advised to carry their passport with them when traveling away from home.
*Pay the prescribed amount at the Rwanda Revenue Authority bureau which is in the same building with the Immigration office but at the back side
*Put all the document together
*Take a number at the front desk of Visa and wait for your turn
Any copy documents (e.g. qualifications) must be stamped and authorized by a public notary.
The provisions for acquiring Rwandan nationality are set out in the Organic Law Relating to Rwandan Nationality 2008.
Nationality can be acquired by naturalization (after five years residence), by marriage, by descent and by adoption. Dual nationality is also recognized.
Information about nationality is available at www.migration.gov.rw and from the Directorate General’s Client Service Centre in Kigali.
Foreigner’s residing in Rwanda like Rwandans are expected to:
*Register at the head of the community in the neighbourhood.
*Participate in the activities organized by the community at the Umudugudu E.g. Umuganda which is a monthly community activity, where the community clean their Umudugudu and discuss development of their umudugudu. In most places the discussions are held in Kinyarwanda but neighbours will translate for foreigners. The day of Umuganda all the businesses close until lunch time.
*To know the head of Umudugudu one will have to ask the neighbours where does the head of Umudugudu live so as to register.
P. O. BOX 6229, KIGALI Tel. +250 78 815 2222 / Fax +250 0252585292
Service Tel: Passport +250 722 159 372 |Laissez Passer +250 722 158 692|Visa & Permit +250 722 172 974/+250 722 177 437 |PRO +250 722 180 218
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