Acquirement, deprivation and recovery of Rwandan nationality

Published: 24/Sep/2018
Source: The New Times (Kigali)

Elizabeth Buhungiro

In 2008, Organic Law N° 30/2008 of 25/07/2008 relating to Rwandan nationality was established. Article 1 of the law says that its purpose is to “determine conditions of acquisition, retention, enjoyment and deprivation of Rwandan nationality.”

One can apply for Rwandan citizenship through naturalisation. According to article 14 of the law relating to Rwandan nationality, the applicant has to be at least 18 years old and should have stayed in Rwanda legally for at least five years. He/she has to own sustainable activities in Rwanda and he/she should have good morals and behaviour, with no criminal record whose sentence exceeds six months.

Furthermore, the applicant has to be a patriot who respects Rwandan culture, has not previously been expelled from Rwanda, does not have the genocide ideology, and won’t be a burden to the country or its people.

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Themes: Acquisition de la nationalité, Perte et déchéance de la nationalité
Regions: Rwanda
Year: 2018