Application for registration as a citizen of Kenya by a spouse of a Kenyan citizen or by other ways according to law

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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 years shall be entitled, on application, in the prescribed manner to be registered as a citizen of Kenya, if

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

How to apply

You need to:

  • Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
  • Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
  • Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the “Apply now” Link
  • Click on the “Submit Applications” tab and select the Citizenship by Marriage tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
  • After your application is processed, an invoice will be generated which you can see by clicking on “Dashboard” then “Payments” Tab. If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to make a payment.
  • If unable to pay using any of the online modes, print your application form by clicking on “Dashboard” then “My Applications” Tab (If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to print your application). Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration Counter at Nyayo House, Nairobi for payments and processing
  • You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application

Disclaimer

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Registration fee is non refundable
  • Application print-outs must be presented to the Immigration headquaters

What are the requirements

  • A printed online application form 8 (Print the form after completing your application)
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • Copy of marriage certificate
  • Certificate of good conduct
  • A joint sworn affidavit
  • Copy of dependants pass/permit
  • Copy of applicant’s passport
  • Copy of spouses Kenyan passport
  • Questionnaire for intending applicants (Print the questionnaire after completing your application)
  • Copy of the Police Clearance Certificate
  • Copy of Checklist. click here to download

Requirements verification

Verify that you have the required document/pre-requisites and you meet the relevant criteria before you apply. Click on the “Apply Now” button on your right to apply.Apply Now

HOW TO ACQUIRE KENYAN CITIZENSHIP

The Constitution of Kenya and the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011 recognizes the citizenship rights of an individual in Kenya. There are various ways in which one may acquire citizenship in the country

CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH-QUALIFICATIONS

If on the date of a person’s birth, whether or not born in Kenya, either the mother or father of the person is a citizen.

Procedure

  1. Request the Form
  2. If you have ever held an Alien’s Certificate (Card) (even if it is now expired), you will need to surrender this and obtain a “Certificate of Clearance” by writing a letter to
  • If you are in Kenya, go to your local National Registration of Persons offices( usually located within local sub-county Commissioner’s offices) and request the form
  • If you are abroad, you can request the form at your nearest Kenyan Embassy, High Commission or Consulate

The Director

Kenya Citizens & Foreign Nationals Management Services

Ministry of State for Immigration & Registration of Persons,

and attach the supporting documents; otherwise skip to 3.

  1. Complete the Form and attach photocopies of supporting documents
  • Applicant’s Kenyan Birth Certificate
  • Parent(s)’ Kenyan Identification Cards
  • Parent(s)’ Kenyan Birth Certificate(s) (if parent’s are Kenyan Citizens by birth)
  • Parent(s)’ Kenyan Registration Certificate(s) (if parent’s are Kenyan Citizens by registration
  • Parent(s)’ Kenyan Passport(s)(if abroad)
  • Parents’ Marriage Certificate
  • Grandparents’ Kenya Passports, IDs and Marriage Certificates (if parents are not available)
  • 2 passport size photographs

TIP: Be sure to carry originals as well as they will also want to see these and certify the copies.

  1. Collect ID Card

Collect your ID card after 6 – 8 weeks, and then proceed to applying for your passport

NOTE: If staying abroad, the process of getting the Kenyan Birth Certificate is as below:

  1. a) Fill in the Kenya Birth Registration Form.
  2. b) Attach copies of the following documents:
  • Applicant’s foreign birth certificate
  • Applicant’s foreign passport
  • Parent(s)’ Kenyan Birth Certificate(s)
  • Parent(s)’ Kenyan Passport(s)
  • Parent(s)’ Kenyan ID(s)
  • Parents’ Marriage Certificate

CITIZENSHIP THROUGH MARRIAGE

If you have been married to a Citizen of Kenya for 7 years or more, you qualify as a Kenyan Citizen by marriage as outlined in Section 11 of the Kenya Citizenship & Immigration Act 2011, which reads:

“11. A person who has been married to a citizen of Kenya for a period of at least seven years shall be entitled, on application, in the prescribed manner to be registered as a citizen of Kenya.”

Procedure

  1. Request and Fill Form 7: Application for Registration as a Citizen of Kenya by a Spouse of a Kenya Citizen.( if spouse is alive) or;

Request and Fill Form 8: Application for Registration as a Citizen of Kenya by a Widow or Widower of a Kenya Citizen (if Kenyan spouse dead)

  1. Attach the following documents:
  • birth certificate
  • foreign passport [Country of issue / number]
  • Dependant pass or current & previous work permit(s)
  • PIN Number
  • marriage certificate
  • spouse’s Kenyan birth certificate
  • spouse’s Kenyan passport 
  • spouse’s Kenyan ID card
  1. Lodge at the Alien’s Section on the Ground Floor of Nyayo House, upon which Form 7 or 8 will be furnished and should be completed, along with photocopies of the documents listed above and 2 passport size photographs.
  2. Once your Kenyan Citizenship has been confirmed, you can continue the process of obtaining your Kenyan ID and Passport.

CITIZENSHIP THROUGH RESIDENCE

If you have been legally resident in Kenya for 7 years or longer, you qualify as a Kenyan Citizen by residence as outlined in Section 13 of the Kenya Citizenship & Immigration Act 2011, which reads:

“13. (1) A person who has attained the age of majority and capacity who has been lawfully resident in Kenya for a continuous period of at least seven years may on application be registered as a citizen”

Procedure

  1. Fill in the questionnaire form on Intending Citizenship and Form No. 9- Application for Citizenship
  2. Attach the following documents:
  • birth certificate
  • foreign passport [Country of issue / number]
  • current & previous work permit(s)
  • marriage certificate
  • PIN Number

Additionally, enclosed are originals of:

  • Certificate of Good Conduct
  • 2 Passport Size Photographs
  1. Lodge at , Alien’s Section on the Ground Floor of Nyayo House, upon which Form 9 will be furnished and should be completed, along with photocopies of the documents listed above and 2 passport size photographs.

NOTE: All these documents can be downloaded on the Immigration Department’ s website http://www.immigration.go.ke/Resources.html



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