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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon the Code of Rwandese Nationality dated September 28, 1963.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Rwanda does not automatically confer citizenship. The exception is a child born within the territory of Rwanda to unknown parents.

BY DESCENT: Child whose father is a citizen of Rwanda, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child whose mother is a citizen of Rwanda and whose father is unknown or stateless.

BY NATURALIZATION: Rwandese citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has resided in Rwanda for at least 10 years and is not hostile to the democratic and republican ideals of Rwanda

MARRIAGE: Person who marries a Rwandese citizen is eligible for citizenship by naturalization.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Rwandese child born abroad, who obtains the citizenship of the country of birth, is allowed to retain dual citizenship until reaching the age of majority (18), at which time one citizenship must be chosen.


VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of citizenship is permitted under Rwandese law. Rwandese passports may be turned in at the nearest Rwandese Embassy.

INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Rwandese citizenship: Voluntary acquisition of foreign citizenship.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:

Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda Consular Section 1714 New Hampshire Ave., NW Washington, DC 20009

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-232-2882 Fax: 202-232-4544



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