Top highlights of the new law on Rwandan nationality

Published: 2/Aug/2021
Source: The New Times (Kigali)

By Collins Mwai

Last week, the much-awaited Organic Law governing Rwandan nationality was gazetted outlining procedures and requirements for acquisition and application of Rwandan nationality.

Below are top highlights of the new law especially on acquiring citizenship.

1. Ways one could acquire Rwandan citizenship

The new law highlights that foreign citizens could become Rwandan citizens in one of 11 ways. These include; birth on the territory of Rwanda; foundling; marriage; adoption; national interest; special skills or talent; substantial sustainable investments or activities; residence in Rwanda; honour; being an immigrant and statelessness.

Being a foundling in this instance refers to infants found on the territory of Rwanda or Rwandan registered vessels or found in an area that is not subject to the sovereignty of any State.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: Rwanda
Year: 2021