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Uganda - Apply for Dual citizenship

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Procedure[edit]

Obtaining Dual Citizenship in Uganda is a two way

  1. A citizen of Uganda acquiring citizenship of another country while retaining the citizenship of Uganda; and
  2. A non-citizen of Uganda acquiring Uganda citizenship while retaining the citizenship of another country.

Below is the procedure of applying for a dual citizenship in Uganda:-

  • An applicant who is a citizen of Uganda and wish to obtain additional citizenship from another country should start by giving notice of his or her application for the citizenship of another country in writing to the National Citizenship and Immigration Board; and this is done by
    • Obtaining notification form
    • Filling it in;
    • Attach all necessary documents;
    • Make necessary payments; and
    • Submit notification.
  • An applicant who is a non citizen of Uganda who wish to obtain Ugandan citizenship as well as retaining another countrys citizenship must
    • Fill in the dual citizenship application form
    • Take the form to a high court judge or Notary Public to be notarized
    • Attach required documents;
    • Make all necessary payments; and
    • submit application



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Required Documents[edit]

A citizen of Uganda acquiring citizenship of another country while retaining the citizenship of Uganda is required to present the following documents:-

  • A statutory declaration that the applicant is a citizen of Uganda only;
  • Birth Certificate
  • Declaration of renunciation of the citizenship of the third country (where an applicant already has two citizenship)
  • A copy of the application for citizenship of that other country;

A non-citizen of Uganda acquiring Uganda citizenship while retaining the citizenship of another country.

  • Birth Certificate
  • A covering letter and address it to the secretary of the National citizenship and Immigration Board
  • Letter of good conduct from the home country or Interpol
  • Evidence that the applicant was formerly a Ugandan ( only applicable to Ugandans in the Diaspora )
  • Evidence that that other country other than Uganda allows dual citizenship e.g letter from immigration authority or High Commission or consulate of that other country or copy of the provisions of laws permitting dual citizenship of that other country )
  • Two (2) recent Passport size photos of applicant
  • Evidence that the applicant or relative have ever resided in Uganda for at least ten years
  • Medical report of sanity of the applicant

Evidence that the applicant has adequate knowledge of English, Swahili or Any of the prescribed vernacular languages.



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Internal Affairs
Plot 75 Jinja Road
P. O. Box 7165 / 7191
Kampala Uganda
Telephone contact: + 256 414 595 945
Fax: +256 414 348 707
Website: http://www.immigration.go.ug

The Chairperson
National Citizenship and Immigration Board,
Ministry of Internal Affairs,
Plot 75 Jinja Road,
P. O. Box 7191, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256-414-258355
Fax: +256-414-343088
E-mail: info@mia.go.ug
Website: http://www.mia.go.ug



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Eligibility[edit]

  • Any person eighteen (18) years and above with Uganda citizenship and want citizenship of another country that allows dual citizenship and in addition fulfils the requirements for dual nationality is eligible to apply for dual citizenship in Uganda; and
  • Any person eighteen (18) years and above with citizenship of a country that permits dual nationality and wants Uganda citizenship and in addition satisfies the requirements for granting dual citizenship may also apply.



Fees[edit]

  • Dual citizenship foreigners US $500
  • Dual citizenship Ugandan in Diaspora US $400



Validity[edit]

Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever



Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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Instructions[edit]

  • The or she must prove that all submitted documents are genuine and does not intended to engage in any fraud, deceit or bribery;
  • has never served in armed forces or security forces of a country hostile to or at war with Uganda;
  • he or she is not engaged in any spying work against Uganda;
  • he or she should prove that he / she is above eighteen (18) years at the time of application of age;
  • he/ she does not hold more than one citizenship;
  • the laws of his or her country of origin allows him or her to hold dual citizenship;
  • he /she is not subjected to deportation order from Uganda territory or any other country;
  • he / she is not sentenced of death or imprisonment exceeding nine (9) months imposed by a competent court;
  • he or she has been residing in Uganda for not less than ten (10) years;
  • he or she has adequate knowledge of the national language (English) or any prescribed vernacular language in Uganda;
  • he or she is not a refugee or diplomat in Uganda;
  • he or she possesses rare skills and capacity for technology that he /she wishes to transfer to Uganda;
  • must be ready to take the oath of allegiance; and
  • must be a person of sound mind.



Required Information[edit]

  • Full name of applicant
  • Sex, Age and marital status
  • Nationality



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Need for the Document[edit]

Dual citizenship in Uganda refers to the simultaneous possession of two citizenships of which one is Uganda.

  • The Ugandan law provides an opportunity for former Ugandan citizens who have naturalized in another country, to re-gain Ugandan citizenship if it is proved that the grounds for the loss of his or her Ugandan citizenship are of no adverse effect to the public order and security of the country.
  • And also allows foreign nationals who wish to retain their citizenship in a foreign county, the option to acquire Ugandan citizenship.
  • Dual Citizenship is issued by the Department of Immigration in Ugandan



Information which might help[edit]

  • Possession of a third citizenship disqualifies one from holding or being a dual national of Uganda therefore must renounce the third citizenship in order to qualify for dual citizenship in Uganda.
  • A citizen with dual citizenship are issued with a Ugandan travel documents thus permitted to remain in Uganda unlimitedly if they enter on a Ugandan travel documents and Leave the country on the same documents
  • It is an offence for a dual citizen uses the Ugandan passport interchangeably with the passport of another country to deceive an Immigration Officer.
  • A citizen with dual citizenship is subjected to the laws of Uganda while in the country.
  • It is important to note that a citizen with dual citizenship cannot be appointed in the following offices in Uganda: - President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Cabinet Minister or any other Ministers, Inspector General and the Deputy Inspector General of Government, Technical Head of the armed forces, Technical heads of Branches of the armed forces, Commanding Officers of armed forces units of at least battalion strength, Officers responsible for heading departments responsible for records, personnel and logistics in all branches of the armed forces, Inspector General of Police and Deputy Inspector General of Police, Heads and Deputy Heads of National Security and
  • Intelligence Organizations, (ESO, ISO & CMI) and Member of the National Citizenship and Immigration Board.
  • Applications for dual citizenship can be cancelled or rejected if an applicant gives false information.



Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

  1. Dual citizenship attracts investors hence bring development to the country;
  2. It further allows citizens outside the country to contribute to social and economic development enormous;
  3. Ugandans living out of the country are able to contact and maintain linkages with their roots without any legal hindrances



External Links[edit]

http://www.immigration.go.ug/page/ugandan-citizenship
http://www.ugandahighcommission.co.uk/ConsularInformation/DualCitizenship.aspx
http://ugis.co/immigration/dual-citizenship/
http://www.immigration.go.ug/content/contact-us



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Others[edit]

Dual Citizenship can be acquired on basis of:-

  • Investment or foreigners: where an individual holds an investment license under class B-E, or proof to be a resident in Uganda for not less than 10 years. In addition to other requirements.
  • Marriage: where one is married to a Ugandan citizen for at least 3 years.
  • Ugandans in the Diaspora: for instance if in exile

Dual citizenship may be terminated upon realization of provision of false information or if a person acquires third citizenship.

  • In this case a person is regarded as a citizen or national of the country, of which he or she was a citizen or national before becoming a Ugandan citizen.
  • When one loses citizenship of Uganda, he or ceases to enjoy the rights of a Ugandan citizen apart from rights to property if obtained legally when he / she was still a citizen.
  • The person is also discharged from any obligation and duty committed to before he or she lost Uganda citizenship.
  • Former citizens by birth may apply re-acquire his or her former Ugandan citizenship and if accepted, a person is subjected to oath of allegiance.