Citizenship

Nationality by birth on Rwandan territory:

  • Complete the application form
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of identity
  • A document certifying that the applicant’s parents were legally residing in Rwanda at the time of their birth
  • Police clearance or other certificate proving that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than 6 months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings 
  • Photocopy of passport, if any
  • Certificate of registration as foreigners if they reside in Rwanda
  • Two colored passport photographs with white background
  • Money order or Cashier’s check of 30USD payable to the Embassy of Rwanda (this fee is non-refundable and non-transferable) 
  • Self-addressed, traceable return envelope. These can be found at any of your nearest post services office. Non-traceable envelopes will not be accepted.

Nationality by marriage:

  • Complete the application form
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Police clearance or other certificate proving that the applicant has never been sentenced to more than 6 months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings 
  • Photocopy of passport and/or certificate of registration as a foreigner (for minors born before or after the marriage to the Rwandan spouse, provide a birth certificate that establishes lineage with both spouses
  • Justification of shared common marital life for three (3) years through a certificate issued by the register of civil status at the place of marriage or the applicant’s residence
  • Photocopy of Rwanda identification card of the spouse or any other proof of their Rwandan nationality
  • Two colored passport photographs with white background
  • Money order or Cashier’s check of 30USD payable to the Embassy of Rwanda (this fee is non-refundable and non-transferable) 
  • Self-addressed, traceable return envelope. These can be found at any of your nearest post services office. Non-traceable envelopes will not be accepted.

Nationality by adoption:

  • Complete the application form
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of adoption issued by a competent authority
  •  Photocopy of Rwandan ID of the adopter
  • Photocopy of passport, if any
  • Certificate of registration as foreigners if they reside in Rwanda
  • Two colored passport photographs with white background
  • Money order or Cashier’s check of 30USD payable to the Embassy of Rwanda (this fee is non-refundable and non-transferable) 
  • Self-addressed, traceable return envelope. These can be found at any of your nearest post services office. Non-traceable envelopes will not be accepted.

Nationality by naturalization:

  • Complete the application form
  • Birth certificate
  • Birth certificate of dependent if they are a minor
  • Photocopy of passport, if any
  • Certificate of registration as foreigners if they reside in Rwanda
  • Police clearance or certificate proving applicant to never have been sentenced to more than six months imprisonment or is not subject to legal proceedings 
  • Two colored passport photographs with white background
  • Money order or Cashier’s check of 30USD payable to the Embassy of Rwanda (this fee is non-refundable and non-transferable) 
  • Self-addressed, traceable return envelope. These can be found at any of your nearest post services office. Non-traceable envelopes will not be accepted.

Nationality by Rwandan origin:

  • Appointment with a Consular Officer, and bring the following with you
  • Birth certificate
  • Complete the application form
  • Proof in writing that applicant living in a place known as Rwanda
  • Bring at least two Rwandans who know the applicant as a Rwandan
  • Money order or Cashier’s check of 30USD payable to the Embassy of Rwanda (this fee is non-refundable and non-transferable)

Renouncing Rwandan Nationality and/or citizenship:

  • Complete the application form
  • An application letter explaining the reason to renounce nationality
  • Handing over of identity documents and travel documents issued while they were Rwandan
  • Proof of acquisition of another nationality
  • Police clearance or certificate proving the applicant is not subject to legal proceedings in Rwanda
  • Money order or Cashier’s check of 30USD payable to the Embassy of Rwanda (this fee is non-refundable and non-transferable)
  • Self-addressed, traceable return envelope. These can be found at any of your nearest post services office. Non-traceable envelopes will not be accepted.

Recovery of Rwandan Nationality and/or citizenship

  • Complete the application form
  • A declaration stating the reason the application of the recovery of the nationality
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof that the applicant was a Rwandan
  • Document proving that they have been accepted the renunciation of nationality
  • Police clearance or certificate proving the applicant is not subject to legal proceedings in the country of current nationality
  • Two colored passport photographs with white background
  • Money order or Cashier’s check of 30USD payable to the Embassy of Rwanda (this fee is non-refundable and non-transferable)

Self-addressed, traceable return envelope. These can be found at any of your nearest post services office. Non-traceable envelopes will not be accepted.