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Fiji - Apply for Dual citizenship

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Procedure[edit]

The Fiji Government recognizes the existence of dual nationality and permits ex-Fiji citizens under Part 5, clause 14 of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009 to re-apply for Fiji citizenship.
Step 1 : Visit the Department of Immigration or a Fiji consulate if abroad to begin the application.

  • The Fiji dual citizenship applications are handled by Department of immigration or the Fiji Consulate if abroad. One should start the application for dual citizenship by visiting their offices.
  • The applicant will be given the following forms to complete
  1. Citizenship Application Form :Form 1
  2. Oath / Affirmation of Allegiance Form– signed and stamped by a Solicitor or Barrister :Form
  3. Certificate B (provided at immigration office)
  4. Passport application form :Form
  • The following documents are required to be presented together with the application.
  1. Certified copy of birth certificate.
  2. Certified copy of Country of Residence Passport & FIJI Passport.
  3. Certified copy of Citizenship certificate
  4. Certified copy of marriage certificate – (if applicable)
  5. Passport photos– 2 passport photos should be certified by Witness, they must have a business card to attach or stamp.

Step 2: Submit the application

  • Lodge the application to any nearest Department of Immigration offices or Fiji Embassy, High Commission or Consulate if abroad.
  • The application is to be sent with an application fee of FJD$3,281.00. This amount covers the processing, registration of citizenship and the issuance of the citizenship certificate upon approval, the Oath of Affirmation and the issuance of a new Fiji passport.
  • The fee is to be in the form of a bank draft in Fijian dollars’ payable to the “Director of Immigration – Fiji”.
  • The minimum processing turnaround time is 3 to 6 months. The processing time depends on the country the applicant is applying from.
  • Delays in processing may occur when the applications submitted are incomplete or require further clarification.
  • After processing the applicant will be notified to collect his new citizenship certificate and passport in-person.

Step 3: Processing of application

  • The minimum processing turnaround time is 3 to 6 months. This depends on the country the applicant is applying from.
  • Delays in processing may occur when the applications submitted are incomplete or require further clarification.
  • After processing the applicant granted dual citizenship and is issued with a new Fijian passport.
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Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed citizenship application form
  • Certificate B (attached to citizenship application form) *Referees need to be Fiji citizens only.
  • Certified copy of Birth Certificate
  • Certified copy of current passport
  • Completed passport application form with JP signature and stamp as witness (Q.18 or Q.22 of passport application form)
  • 5 Passport photos – 2 certified by same JP witnessing passport application form stating “I certify that this photograph is a true likeness of “applicant name”.
  • Oath of Affirmation of Allegiance – stamped and signed by a JP
  • Police Clearance from county of current citizenship– including fingerprint check
  • Proof of former citizenship – e.g. Fiji passport
  • Original copies of any documentation confirming change of name due to marriage, deed poll etc.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Department of immigration - Suva
969 Rodwell Rd,
Suva.
P.O. Box 2224,
Government Buildings,
Suva.
Tel: 679 331 2622
Fax: 679 331 3093/ 330 165
Email: immigration@govnet.gov.fj

Suva
P O Box 2224, Government Building, Suva, Fiji
Phone No: 3312622
Fax No: [679] 3313093

Nadi
P O Box 9022, Nadi Airport, Fiji
Phone No: 6722263
Fax No: [679] 6721720

Lautoka
P O Box 1079, Lautoka, Fiji
Phone No: 6661706
Fax No: [679] 6668120

Savusavu
P O Box 566, Savusavu, Fiji
Phone No: 8850800
Fax No: [679] 8853492

Levuka
P O Box 176, Levuka
Phone No: 3440860
Fax No: [679] 3440860

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Eligibility[edit]

Former Fiji citizens who have become naturalised citizens of another country can apply for Fiji citizenship.

Fees[edit]

  • A fee of FJD$3,281.00 includes the processing, registration of citizenship and the issuance of the citizenship certificate upon approval, the Oath of Affirmation and the issuance of a new Fiji passport. The fee is to be in the form of a bank draft in Fijian dollars’ payable to the “Director of Immigration – Fiji”.
  • Please note all fees are non-refundable and are subject to change

Validity[edit]

  • Valid for a period of 10 years then renew a consecutive of two times and thereafter no renewal.


Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

  • The minimum processing turnaround time is 3 to 6 months. This depends on the country the applicant is applying from.
  • Delays in processing may occur when the applications submitted are incomplete or require further clarification.


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Instructions[edit]

  • Visit the Department of immigration or the Fiji Consulate if abroad to make the application.
  • Complete the following forms
  • Citizenship Application Form
  • Oath / Affirmation of Allegiance Form– signed and stamped by a Solicitor or Barrister
  • Certificate B
  • Passport application form
  • Attach the following before submitting the application.
  • Certified copy of birth certificate.
  • Certified copy of Country of Residence Passport & FIJI Passport
  • Certified copy of Citizenship certificate
  • Certified copy of marriage certificate – (if applicable)
  • Passport photos– 2 passport photos should be certified by Witness, they must have a business card to attach or stamp
  • An application fee of FJD$ 3,281.00.
  • After processing collect your new citizenship certificate and passport

Required Information[edit]

  • Name as shown on the passport
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Permanent Residential & Address Postal Address
  • Marital status
  • Details of spouse/partner and all children under the age of 21 years
  • Residential addresses of the applicant and spouse where they lived for 12 months or more in the last 10 years.
  • Any criminal record history
  • Intended residential and postal addresses in the Fiji

Need for the Document[edit]

The two main purposes for proposing Dual Citizenship are:

  • To entice Fiji Diaspora to return and invest in Fiji; and/or
  • To return and retire gracefully at home

Information which might help[edit]

  • Dual citizenship involves the simultaneous holding of more than one citizenship or nationality. In Fiji it means a citizen holds a foreign nationality alongside Fijis. Citizenship represents the link between a person and a state or an association of states. Possession of citizenship is normally associated with the right to work and live in a country and to participate in political life.
  • Fiji Citizenship is governed by "Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009." This is Decree No 23 and was introduced in July 2009. Fiji has permitted dual citizenship since April 10, 2009. Those born in Fiji acquire citizenship unless the parents have diplomatic immunity or neither parent is a Fiji citizen. Those married to a Fiji citizen may apply for citizenship once they have been lawfully present in Fiji for at least 3 of the 5 years preceding the application.
  • The following categories of people may apply for dual citizenship by registration:
  • Those born outside the Fiji Islands to at least one Fiji parent.
  • Minors adopted by a Fiji citizen.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

  • It also allows foreigners, who are working, investing or residing in Fiji for the last ten years, to apply for Fiji citizenship by naturalization.
  • This allows for any child, spouse and former Fiji citizen to apply for citizenship by registration.

External Links[edit]

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Others[edit]

  • The Fiji Government recognizes the existence of dual nationality and permits ex-Fiji citizens under Part 5, clause 14 of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009 to re-apply for Fiji citizenship. The Citizenship Decree which came into force on 10th April 2009.
  • The law provision allows for any child, spouse and former Fiji citizen to apply for citizenship by registration.
  • It also allows foreigners, who are working, investing or residing in Fiji for the last ten years, to apply for Fiji citizenship by naturalization.
  • Government introduced the concept to allow those that might have left the country to return and re-invest in the country. It has also opened up new opportunities for persons falling into the qualifying categories to return either as retirees or investors.
  • Additionally, it enables their family members and children to visit and get to know their motherland.