Eligible Person

Foreigner national of eighteen years (18) and above living in Rwanda or abroad who fulfills the necessary requirements as provided for by the Rwandan law on nationality. Rwandan nationality is obtained on the following grounds:

·         Nationality by birth on the Rwandan territory

·         Nationality of Rwandan origin

·         Nationality by marriage

·         Naturalization

·         Recovery of Rwandan nationality.

Moreover, the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration also facilitates Rwandans willing to renounce Rwandan nationality.

Nationality by birth on Rwandan territory

·         A birth certificate; 
 

·         A certificate of identity; 
 

·         Document certifying that his/her parents were legally residing in Rwanda at the time of his/her birth; 


·         A certificate proving that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings (police clearance); 
 

·         A photocopy of passport if any; 
 

·         A certificate of registration as foreigner if he/she reside in Rwanda; 


·         A payment $30(non-refundable) Money Order payable to the Embassy of Rwanda. 

·         Two colored passport photographs with a white background; 
 

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


·         Click here to download application form.

Nationality by marriage

·         A birth certificate,

·         A marriage certificate,

·         certificate proving that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than six months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings; 
 

·         A copy of a passport and/or a copy of certificate of registration as a foreigner; 
 

·         Birth certificates of minor children born before or after the marriage to the Rwandan spouse and establishing the lineage with the two spouses; 
 

·         A payment USD 30(non-refundable)  Money Order payable to the Embassy of Rwanda


·         Two colored passport photographs with a white background; 
 

·         Justification of shared common marital life for the three (3) years through a certificate issued by the register of civil status at the place of their marriage or his/her residence; 
 

·         Rwandan identity card for the spouse on the day of marriage or any other justification of her Rwandan nationality; 
 

·         To fill correctly an application form above.

Nationality by adoption

·         A birth certificate; 


·         A certificate of adoption issued by competent authority; 


·         Copy of the identity card of the adopter.

Naturalization

·         A birth certificate ; 
 

·         Birth certificates of his/her children under 18 years old; 
 

·         A copy of the passport and a certificate of registration as a foreigner; 
 

·         A certificate of his/her occupation/activities in the country issued by the District authorities where he operated from; 
 

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


·         A payment USD 30(non-refundable) Money Order payable to the Embassy of Rwanda


·         Two colored passport photographs with a white background; 
 

·         To fill correctly an application form.

Nationality of Rwandan origin

·         A birth certificate; 
 

·         Proof in writing that they were living in a place known as Rwanda; 


·         Bring at least 2 Rwandans who know him/her as a Rwandan; 
 

·         A payment $30(non-refundable) Money Order payable to the Embassy of Rwanda. 

·         Two colored passports photographs with a white background; 
 

·         To fill correctly the application form.

Requirements for renouncing Rwandan Nationality

·         An application letter explaining the reason of renounce nationality; 
 

·         Handing over of the identity documents and travel documents issued while he/she was Rwandan; 
 

·         Proof of acquisition of another nationality; 
 

·         A certificate proving that the applicant is not subject to legal proceedings in Rwanda; 


·         A USD 30 money order is also required.

·         
To fill correctly the application form. 

Please visit the following link to download and complete the required forms:

www.migration.gov.rw/fileadmin/templates/PDF_files/NATIONALITY/RENOUNCIATION_ENG.pdf

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