Citizenship Application

ELIGIBILITY

Rwandan nationality can be obtained on the following grounds:

  • By birth on the Rwandan territory.
  • By being of Rwandan origin.
  • By marriage.
  • By naturalization.
  • By recovery of Rwandan nationality.

 

APPLICATION

  • Apply at the head office of the Directorate-General of Immigration and Emigration in Rwanda.
  • Or apply at all district Immigration offices where the applicant resides.
  • Or if the applicant is living abroad, application can be submitted to the Rwandan Embassy or Consulate at his/her country of residence.
  • Fee is RWF 5,000 or equivalent to be made to Directorate-General of Immigration and Emigration in Rwanda.
  • Download Citizenship Application Form here.

 

REQUIREMENT

NATIONALITY BY BIRTH ON THE RWANDAN TERRITORY

  • Birth certificate or certificate of identity.
  • Any other proof that the applicant was born in Rwanda.
  • Document certifying that the applicant’s parents were legally residing in Rwanda at the time of his/her birth.
  • Police clearance certificate (showing that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six (6) months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings).
  • Photocopy of passport.
  • Photocopy of residence permit.
  • Certificate of registration as foreigner if he/she resides in Rwanda.
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs with white background (recently taken).

NATIONALITY BY BEING OF RWANDAN ORIGIN

  • Birth certificate or certificate of identity.
  • Written statement confirming the applicant family was living in a place known in Rwanda.
  • Testimonies of three (3) Rwandans who know him/ her as a person originating from Rwanda.
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs with white background (recently taken).

NATIONALITY BY MARRIAGE

  • Birth certificate or certificate of identity.
  • Marriage certificate.
  • Police clearance certificate (showing that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six (6) months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings).
  • Photocopy of passport.
  • Photocopy of residence permit.
  • Birth certificates of minor children (of non-Rwandan spouse) if any, born before the marriage.
  • Certificate of common marital life for the last three (3) years. The certificate is issued by the civil status registrar at the place of their marriage of his/her residence.
  • Copy of Rwandan identity card of the spouse on the day of marriage or any other justification of the Rwandan nationality.
  • Testimonies from at least three (3) people who know the wife/ husband as a Rwandan (including place of residence, profession, relationship and contact details of the endorser).
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs with white background (recently taken).

NATIONALITY BY NATURALIZATION

  • Birth certificate or certificate of identity.
  • Birth certificate of his/her children if any, who are under 18 years old.
  • Police clearance certificate (showing that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six (6) months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings).
  • Certificate of his/her occupation/ activities in the country issued by the District authorities where he/she operates from.
  • Photocopy of passport.
  • Photocopy of residence permit.
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs with white background (recently taken).
  • Need to have consecutively resided in Rwanda for at least five (5) years

NATIONALITY BY RECOVERY OF RWANDAN NATIONALITY

  • Declaration letter indicating the reason for the application of Rwandan nationality recovery.
  • Birth certificate or certificate of identity.
  • Proof that the applicant was previously a Rwandan citizen.
  • Document proving that he/she has accepted the renunciation of nationality.
  • Police clearance certificate (showing that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six (6) months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings).
  • Proof of his/her current nationality.
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs with white background (recently taken).

RENOUNCING THE RWANDAN NATIONALITY

  • Application letter including reasons of renouncing the Rwandan nationality.
  • Relinquishing identity documents and travel documents possessed as a Rwandan.
  • Proof of acquisition of other nationality.
  • Police clearance certificate (showing that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six (6) months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings).
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs with white background (recently taken).
  • Proof of payment into High Commission Bank Account (see details below).
  • Testimonies from at least three (3) people who know him/her as a Rwandan (including place of residence, profession, relationship and contact details of the endorser).
  • Download Citizenship Renounciation Application Form here.

 

SUBMISSION

Submission of the above documents can be made in person or via post to the following address;-

HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF RWANDA

8 Temasek Boulevard

#14-03 Suntec Tower 3

Singapore 038988