Uganda opens door for non-citizens to apply for naturalisation

Published: 19/Jan/2015
Source: Star Africa (Nairobi)

The Ugandan Minister of Internal Affairs, Aronda Nyakairima, has flagged off a country-wide exercise in which non-citizens, who have resided in Uganda for an aggregate period of more than twenty years, will apply for citizenship by naturalization.

The naturalization exercise which commenced Monday will end on 18th February 2015 and shall target eligible persons who are spread out in at least 80 of the country’s districts.

General Aronda explained that naturalization is a legal process by which a non-citizen can apply to become a citizen of Uganda, and emphasized that citizenship will be granted to applicants who meet the conditions set out in the laws of Uganda.

He further emphasized that applicants for citizenship by naturalization will have to fulfill all the five conditions stated in the laws.

According to the Ugandan Citizenship and Immigration Control Act, an applicant must have lived in Uganda for 20 years, and must be a resident in Uganda continuously for a period of two years prior to the date of application.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Naturalisation and Marriage
Regions: East Africa, Uganda
Year: 2015