Foreigners of eighteen years (18) and above living in Rwanda or abroad who fulfill the requirements as provided by the Rwandan law on nationality; Rwandan nationality is obtained on the following grounds: Nationality by birth on the Rwandan territory, Nationality by marriage, Nationality by adoption, Naturalization, Nationality of Rwandan Origin and Recovery of Rwandan nationality. Moreover, the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration facilitates Rwandans willing to renounce Rwandan nationality.
WHERE APPLICATIONS ARE SUBMITTED:
Applications shall be submitted to the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration Head Office in Kigali or its offices in the Districts where the applicants reside. In foreign countries, the applications shall be addressed to the Rwandan Embassies or Consulates in their countries of residence.
5000 Rwandan Francs or its equivalent in foreign currency.
Applicants for naturalization pay Rwf 100,0000 for the acquisition of nationality or its equivalent in foreign currency before taking oath;
Applicants of Rwandan nationality by birth on the Rwandan territory and by marriage pay fee of 20,000 Rwf of acquisition of nationality before taking oath;
Applicants of Rwandan origin are exempted from paying fees for the acquisition of nationality and taking oath;
Documents written in Rwandan official languages namely: Kinyarwanda, English and French are only accepted.
The processing time frame is 3 months.
NATIONALITY BY BIRTH ON THE RWANDAN TERRITORY
The birth certificate for the applicant;
A certificate of identity for the applicant;
Document certifying that the applicant’s 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 the passport if any;
A certificate of registration as foreigner if he/she resides in Rwanda;
A receipt of payment to the Treasury of non refundable fees amounting to 5000 Rwf;
Two colored passport photographs with a white background;
Any other proof that the applicant was born in Rwanda;