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Burundi - Apply for a Dual citizenship

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Introduction

Dual citizenship in Burundi refers to holding a foreign citizenship alongside Burundian citizenship. It is the nationality law that governs citizenship and other forms of nationality in Burundi. Currently the Burundi nationality law does not allow its citizens to hold other foreign countries’ citizenship; except in cases of women who acquire foreign citizenship through marriage and a Burundian child may acquire dual citizenship until the child reaches 18 years of age.

Eligibility

  • Any Burundian, to whom the law confers this status as a native, is entitled to have dual nationality.
  • A Burundian woman married to a man of foreign citizenship.
  • A child below 18 years.

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Instructions

  • Applicant must have proof of marriage (marriage certificate)
  • A child should be born abroad
  • One or both parents must be citizens of Burundi.
  • Any person having held Burundian nationality as a native and having lost it by acquiring a foreign nationality may regain Burundian nationality, on condition of applying for it, and keep his or her second nationality.
  • An adopted child can, on reaching the age of majority, apply to recover Burundian nationality without losing the nationality of the adoptive parent.
  • The recovery in question must comply with the rules of procedure provided in Chapter V of Laws of Burundi.
  • A minor child is a dual national as of right when the father or, if paternal filiation is not established, the mother acquires a dual nationality.
  • The status of dual national must be indicated in the register of instruments declaring or modifying nationality.
  • The name of the other state of which the dual national is a national must also be clearly indicated in the register.

Required Information

  • Full name of applicant
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Sex
  • Parents names (for cases of children)
  • Parents nationality (for cases of children)
  • Full name of husband (for cases of married women)
  • Citizenship of husband (for cases of married women)
  • Place of marriage (for cases of married women)
  • Date of marriage (for cases of married women)

Procedure

  • To acquire dual citizenship in Burundi a woman must marry a man of foreign citizenship.
  • A child below eighteen years may apply for citizenship of another country but preparing an application with the help of parents, attach necessary documents and submit application.
  • There are other different ways to acquire dual citizenship in Burundi, one of which is descent from a parent or grandparent.(law of blood)
  • You are eligible for Burundi dual citizenship if you have at least one biological parent or grandparent of Burundi origin or descent;
  • Dual citizenship based on descent Burundi has allowed dual citizenship based on descent. In this case ,the country proposed a new Nationality Law stipulating that applicants should be living in Foreign country as long-term residents and be linguistically, socially, and economically integrated before they apply. If you become a citizen of that foreign country,you do not have to renounce your other citizenship.
  • Dual Citizen if a child, whether born abroad or in country, is considered Burundian if he/she has at least one parent who was also born in Burundi. Burundi nationality is purely based purely on territorial birthright.
  • Like the rest of the East Africa , Burundi does not automatically confer citizenship based on territorial birth. If at least one parent of a child born abroad is Burundian-born, the child is automatically a Burundi citizen.

There are many additional provisions that you must know before you consider applying for dual citizenship. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country for applications and policies. And when in doubt, call an expert genealogist who specializes in dual citizenship to assist you with the policies and procedure,

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Required Documents

  • Marriage certificate
  • Identification documents of husband and wife
  • Passport photos
  • Proof of Birth like Birth certificate

Fees

Fees varies basing on the requirements in the country of the husband in cases of women and country of birth in cases of children below eighteen years.

Validity

As long as marriage is valid in cases of women For children when they make eighteen years dual citizenship expires and therefore they must chose from the two..

Documents to Use

  • Marriage certificate
  • Identification documents of husband and wife
  • Passport photos
  • Proof of Birth like Birth certificate

Sample Documents

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Minister of Justice office:

Avenue de justie 21, Bujumbura, Burundi. BP 06

Tel: +257 7899 8888

Fax: +257 78 99 7777

Email: justiceminister@burundi.bi

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Video

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 
	

Information which might help

  • The dual national cannot use his or her status as foreigner in Burundi to avoid fulfilling his or her civic obligations.
  • Abroad, a Burundian citizen with dual nationality is entitled to diplomatic protection and consular services.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links

http://www.refworld.org/docid/485ba8577.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burundian_nationality_law#Acquisition_of_Burundian_citizenship

http://www.multiplecitizenship.com/wscl/ws_BURUNDI.html

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