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Citizenship is the status of a person recognized under the custom or law as being a legal member of a sovereign state or belonging to a nation. The Constitution of Kenya gives prominence to the Sovereignty of the people, the Republic and the Territory of Kenya and issues of Citizenship. In Kenya, a person can become a citizen by; birth or registration. You must be a citizen of Kenya to qualify for a Kenyan Passport. 

a. Citizenship by birth

A person becomes a Kenyan citizen if;

  • Their mother or father is a Kenyan citizen
  • They are found in Kenya when they are less than eight years old, and the nationalities of them and their parents are not known
  • A person who is a citizen by birth but has ceased to be a citizen is entitled on application to regain Kenyan citizenship. This is known as dual citizenship
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b. Citizenship by registration

The following categories of people qualify to become citizens through registration;

  • A person who has been married to a Kenyan citizen for at least seven years is entitled on application to be registered as a citizen
  • A person who has been lawfully a resident in Kenya for a continuous period of seven years may apply to be registered as a citizen
  • A child who is not a citizen but is adopted by a Kenyan citizen is entitled on application to be registered as a citizen
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The following categories of people qualify to become citizens through registration;

  • A person who has been married to a Kenyan citizen for at least seven years is entitled on application to be registered as a citizen
  • A person who has been lawfully a resident in Kenya for a continuous period of seven years may apply to be registered as a citizen
  • A child who is not a citizen but is adopted by a Kenyan citizen is entitled on application to be registered as a citizen

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