Who is a Kenyan citizen?
Kenyan citizenship is governed by Chapter VI of the Constitution of Kenya and the Kenya Citizenship Act Cap 170.
How does one become a Kenyan Citizen?
- Birth (Sections 87(1) & 89 of The Constitution of Kenya)
- Descent (Sections 87(2) & 90 of The Constitution of Kenya)
- Registration (Sections 91 & 92(1) of The Constitution of Kenya)
- Naturalization (Section 93 of The Constitution of Kenya)
- Commonwealth citizens who have been lawfully and legally resident in Kenya for a minimum period (and continuous) of five years preceding their date of application.
- Citizens from non- commonwealth countries who have been lawfully and legally resident in the country for a continuous period of seven years preceding the date of application.
- Wives and children of Kenyan citizens.
How does one apply to be considered for Registration/ Naturalization?
Make a formal application addressed to the Minister in Charge of Immigration Affairs giving reasons why you wish to become a Kenyan. Applications for citizenship for children and/ or wives must be made by their Kenyan father / husband respectively as pursuant to the Kenya Citizenship Act cap 170.
How does a person lose their citizenship?
- By voluntarily acquiring the citizenship of another country, a person automatically loses his Kenyan citizenship.
- Section 94 of the Constitution of Kenya also provides for the deprivation of citizenship of Kenya, any person who is a citizen by Registration or Naturalization should they commit an offence under this section.
Inform the Department of Immigration or the nearest Kenyan Mission to you, of the same and apply for a Renunciation Certificate of Kenyan citizenship.
What should a child born in Kenya of mixed parentage( i.e. a Kenyan and a foreigner) do to become Kenyan?
The child holds dual citizenship up to the age of 21 years and will have to renounce his claim to the other nationality before he turns 23 years old in order for him to remain a Kenyan citizen.