Amendment to Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulation

On 30th December 2016, the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulation 2012 was revised. The amendment included a new directive namely, regulation 10(2A).

The regulation 10(2A) makes provision for the cabinet secretary to waive the following requirements for stateless persons, migrants as well as their dependents –

  • Application fees
  • Required documents to support their application for citizenship

The above-mentioned has been introduced as a solution whereby stateless persons, migrants and/or their dependents may be eligible to apply for citizenship due to previous applications being unsuccessful as supporting documents and application fees were frequently not submitted.

As a result of this regulation The Makonde community based in Kenya, have been recently granted their citizenship after being stateless for over 50 years.