Dual citizenship is a situation where a person is a citizen of two countries. In this case, the person has the legal rights of both countries. A person who has dual citizenship is called a dual citizen. The constitution of Kenya also allows for dual citizenship. This means that a Kenyan citizen by birth is allowed to acquire citizenship of another country and a person from another country is also allowed to acquire Kenyan citizenship. What you should keep in mind is that there are legal steps to be followed to acquire dual citizenship in Kenya. A person can also get dual citizenship in Kenya through marriage.
Advice on how to apply for dual citizenship in Kenya
Here are easy legal steps on how to apply for dual citizenship in Kenya.
- Login Account Creation. This is the very first step that allows the applicant to create his/her own account. Here the applicant is required to create an account with the Kenyan government single sign-in portal. After this, the applicant has the right to log in and out of his/her own account.
- Log In. After creating an account, the applicant can access the eFNS portal using the account.
- Application. Once you managed to log in to the eFNS portal successfully, put in the details required. Fill in all the details required correctly as per the question. You should make sure that the details filled in are correct because they are the one which will appear in your card.
- Submission of Application. After filling in your details and confirming that they are correct, you can now select the submission tab. After that, you should go ahead to select the tab for Dual Citizenship.
- Notification. If the application went through successfully, the applicant receives an automatic notification on the online account or his/her email.
The applicant should note the following:
- The application with incomplete details is automatically rejected.
- The printouts of the application should be taken to the Immigration Headquarters. The application can also be presented to Kenya missions abroad.
- Application form printed online. This is the form that the applicant fills in for his/her application to go through successfully.
- The applicant must have two passport-size photographs.
- The applicant must have a copy of his/her birth certificate.
- The applicant must have at least a copy of their Kenyan passport.
- A copy of the passport of the other country.
- At least one copy of the Kenyan national identity card.
- A copy of the Citizenship certificate of the other country.
- A copy of the certificate that shows that you have cleared with the police.
- One copy of the checklist.
NOTE: You should know that failure to follow legal steps to acquire dual citizenship in Kenya has its own consequences. The citizenship will be canceled and the suspect will face trial in a court of law.
The 2010 Kenyan constitution allows people from outside the country to be Kenyan citizens. It is advisable to follow the above procedures to ensure that the citizenship acquired is legal.