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Citizenship By Marriage In Kenya: Form 8, Requirements, Fees And Application

Joseph Wenani
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Are you looking to acquire Citizenship By Marriage in Kenya in 2024? This article will walk you through everything from understanding Form 8, requirements, and Fees to the Application process. Read to the end to make sure to notice every single detail.

Have you ever imagined what becoming a Kenyan citizen feels like? What if You ever got married or married to a Kenyan Citizen? For anyone looking to be a full Citizen of Kenya through marriage, the journey involves legal requirements but offers a new chapter in life than you can imagine. According to Chapter Three of the Kenyan constitution, anyone married to a Kenyan citizen for at least seven years is eligible for citizenship by registration​​. Understanding the legal requirements and how to apply is very important for anyone looking to get started on this path.

Presenting all the required documents – including marriage certificates, passport photos, and proof of continuous residency, is crucial during the application process. Furthermore, with application fees set at Ksh 5,000 for East African Community members and Ksh 30,000, knowing the Charges involved is also an important consideration​​. In this blog post, I will be taking you through everything about the process laid out by the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011, ensuring you know how to go through the process successfully.

Understanding Citizenship by Marriage in Kenya

Did you know you are entitled to Kenyan citizenship if you have been married to a Kenyan citizen for more than seven years? Yes, that’s right, as is fully stated by Section 11 of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011. However, even if you are married to a Kenyan citizen for not less than seven years, you can earn Kenyan citizenship under the following circumstances:

  • Your marriage must be legally recognized under Kenyan law, regardless of whether it occurred in Kenya or abroad.
  •  You must have married a Kenyan citizen for at least seven years​​​​.
  • Applicants must not have a prohibited immigrant status or a conviction for an offense that led to imprisonment for three years or more.
  • The marriage must not have been entered into solely for acquiring citizenship and must be ongoing at the time of application​​​​.

Rights and Responsibilities

As Kenyan Citizens, we have the rights and responsibilities that we play. This means that if you are looking to acquire Kenyan Citizenship, you must also take up equal responsibilities as other ordinary citizens: Here is what to Know 

  •  As a Kenyan citizen by marriage, you gain the right to vote, own property, and participate fully in public life.
  • Citizenship comes with duties such as obeying the law, paying taxes, and contributing to the community’s welfare.

Kenyan Citizenship Requirements and Fees Involved

Before applying for Kenyan citizenship through marriage, it’s essential to understand all the requirements. Understanding the Eligibility Criteria and the Involved fees will allow for a successful Application:

Required Documents

The application for Kenyan citizenship by marriage requires a specific set of documents to be submitted. Below is what you need to know:

  1. Duly completed application Form 8 attested to by a Commissioner for Oaths
  2. Duly filled in the Questionnaire
  3. 2 Passport size photographs
  4. Copy of marriage certificate
  5. Original certificate of good conduct
  6. A passport copy of the applicant
  7. Copy of Kenyan Spouse’s Passport /ID
  8. A joint sworn-in Affidavit
  9. Copy of dependant’s pass/permit

Fees Structure

The process of applying for citizenship by marriage in Kenya also involves specific fees, which vary depending on the applicant’s background:

Applicant CategoryFee (Ksh)
East African Community5,000
Others30,000

Notably, the registration fee is non-refundable, underscoring the importance of correctly submitting all documents to prevent unnecessary setbacks.

Important Considerations

  • Only complete applications will be processed. Ensure every document is correctly filled out and submitted.
  •  All documents must be genuine. Fraudulent submissions can lead to legal consequences.
  • Keep an eye on the official immigration website for changes to the document list or fees.

What is a Form 8 Application form?

In Kenya, Form 8 serves as the application form for registering citizenship by marriage, relating specifically to Section 11 of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011. This section permits individuals married to Kenyan citizens for at least seven years to apply for citizenship.

How To Apply for Kenyan Citizenship by Marriage

Applicants must carefully undertake a critical process to acquire Kenyan citizenship through marriage. Various official platforms, including the Directorate of Immigration Services, outline the process. If you are looking to begin this journey, here’s how to proceed with the application process:

  • Visit the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal.
  • Sign up to create a user account.
  • Use your newly created account to log in.
  • Select the ‘Apply Now’ link for citizenship applications.
  • Choose “Citizenship by Marriage” from the available options.
  • Provide all required information accurately.
  • Upload the necessary documents, including marriage certificates, passport photos, and proof of residency.
  • Review your application for accuracy.
  • Apply and proceed to make the required payment.
  • After submission, your application will be processed.
  • Keep an eye on your email and online account for notifications about the progress of your application.
  • Once approved, print out the application form.
  • Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration Counter at Nyayo House, Nairobi, for final processing and payment.

How much does it cost to apply for citizenship in Kenya?

The Costs for applying for Kenyan Citizenship In Kenya vary depending on the application type. In 2024/2025, the fees involved are:

  • Citizenship Processing Fee: Kshs 20,000
  • Citizenship by Marriage: Kshs 30,000 for Non-East Africans and Kshs 5,000 for East Africans
  • Regaining Kenyan Citizenship: Kshs 5,000
  • Declaration of Dual Citizenship: Kshs 10,000
  • Renunciation: Kshs 20,000
  • Citizenship by Registration for Widows and Widowers of Kenyan Citizens: Kshs 20,000 for Non-East Africans and Kshs 5,000 for East Africans
  • Citizenship by Registration for Lawful Residence: Kshs 200,000
  • Registration of Citizenship for Children and Dependents of Kenyan Citizens: Kshs 20,000

Can you have three citizenships in Kenya?

In Kenya, it is not possible to hold three citizenships. Kenyan citizens who acquire citizenship of another country must renounce their Kenyan citizenship.

Conclusion

Starting a journey towards acquiring Kenyan citizenship through marriage is about taking Kenya as a new Home. In this article, I have walked you through the requirements, Fess, and the application process. By following everything we have mentioned in the guide, you are guaranteed to become a Kenyan citizen. In conclusion, remember all the documentation involved in the process. Just ensure that they are filled out correctly and submitted. Welcome to the next chapter of your story, where your journey to Kenyan citizenship begins. If you have questions regarding the article, shoot them down below, and I will be ready to help you.

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