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Dual citizenship for
Kenyan citizens

Kenya has recently changed its dual nationality provisions to allow its citizens to hold multiple nationalities in certain circumstances.

Under the new regulations of the 2011 Constitution of Kenya, one has to be a Kenyan citizen “by birth” in order to qualify for dual nationality. The following classes will be considered to be Kenyan citizens by birth:

  • Subjects born anywhere and one of the parents is a citizen of Kenya at the time of the birth
  • Persons who became automatic Kenyan citizens on 12 December 1963

The following persons who registered as Kenyan citizens from the following groups:

  • Those born in Kenya with no parent born there (Section 88(1) 2002 or 2(1) 1963)
  • Women married to persons before 12 December 1963, who became automatic Kenyans (Section 88(2) & (3) 2002 or 2(2) & (3) 1963)
  • Those ordinarily resident in Kenya on 12 December 1963 (Section 88(4) 2002 or 2(4) 1963)
  • Those citizens of the UK and colonies who had that status before 12 December 1963 because of naturalisation or registration as such a citizen in Kenya (Section 88(5) 2002 or 2(5) 1963)

Please note: “2002” and “1963” above relate to the 2002 Constitution of Kenya and the 1963 Constitution respectively.

Given the complex nature of Kenya’s dual nationality regulations it is highly recommended that you contact one of our British nationality experts.

South Africa

Cape Town
Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708
t: +27 (0) 21 657 2120

Durban
201 The Annex
Ridgeside Office Park
Umhlanga
t: +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom

London
Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
WC1A 1DG
t: +44 (0) 20 7759 7514

Croyden
5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU
t: +44 (0) 20 7759 7581

Australia

Suite 8.06
9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
Melbourne VIC 3141
t: +613 (0) 86 514 500

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