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TANZANIA CITIZENSHIP

 Tanzania citizenship is governed by the Tanzania Citizenship Act, No. 6 of 1995 and its Regulations of 1997. There are three types of citizenship namely:

(a) Citizenship by birth.

(b) Citizenship by descent.

(c) Citizenship by Naturalization.

 

Naturalization of Women Married to Citizens

Naturalization of Minor

Renunciation of Tanzania Citizenship

Deprivation of citizenship of citizens by naturalization

 

A. CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH

Any person born in the United Republic on or after Union day is deemed to be a citizen of the United Republic if at the time of his birth one of his parents is or was a citizen of United Republic of Tanzania.

B. CITIZENSHIP BY DESCENT:

Any person born outside the United Republic on or after Union day is deemed to be a citizen of the United Republic by descent if one of his parents is a citizen of the United Republic of Tanzania by birth or naturalization.

 

3. CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALIZATION :

Any person who is not a citizen of Tanzania whether by birth or by descent may apply for Tanzania citizenship by naturalization to the Minister responsible for citizenship matters.

CONDITIONS FOR CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALIZATION

Qualifications for a foreigner who applies for Tanzania Citizenship are:

i. that he has resided in the United Republic throughout the period of twelve months immediately preceding the date of application,

ii. that during the ten years immediately preceding the said period of twelve months he resided in the United Republic for periods amounting in the aggregate do not less than seven years,

iii. that he has an adequate knowledge of Kiswahili or the English language, 

iv. that he is of good character,

v. that, in terms of his past and potential contribution to the national economy, or scientific and technological advancement and to the national social and cultural welfare, he would be a suitable citizen of the United Republic,

vi. that he intends, if naturalized  to continue to reside permanently in the United Republic.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Application for Tanzania citizenship undergo the following procedures:-

i. an applicant fills in prescribed Forms.

ii. the applicant submits the application to the Ward Executive Secretary or Sheha (for the case of Zanzibar) where the applicant resides.

iii. the Ward Executive Secretary or Sheha submits the application to the District Immigration Office and the applicant pays a submission fee of USD 1500 which is non refundable.

iv. the applicant publishes in two consecutive issues of the daily news papers registered in Tanzania Main land and Zanzibar a notice of intention to apply for naturalization.

v. the applicant has to be interviewed by the District Defense and Security Committee.

vi. the District Immigration Officer forward the application to the Regional Immigration Officer who forwards the said application to the Regional Defense and Security Committee for further scrutiny.

vii. the Regional Immigration Officer forwards the application to the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services for his recommendation to the Minister.

viii. For the case of Zanzibar before the application is sent to the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services, the Commissioner of Immigration Services Zanzibar forwards the application to the office of the Second Vice President for recommendation and it is later submitted to  the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services for his recommendation to the Minister.

ix. the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services forwards the recommended application to the Minister  for final decision.

 

NATURALIZATION OF WOMEN MARRIED TO CITIZENS

A woman married to a citizen of the United Republic shall at any time during the life time of the husband be entitled upon making an application in a prescribed form, to be naturalized as a citizen of the United Republic.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR A MARRIED WOMAN:

i. the applicant fills in prescribed Forms.

ii. the applicant may submit the application to the District, Regional immigration office or at the Headquarters and pays a submission fee of USD 1500 which is non refundable.

iii. the applicant publishes in two consecutive issues of the daily news papers registered in Tanzania Main land and Zanzibar a notice of intention to apply for naturalization.

iv. the District or Regional Immigration Officer forwards the application to the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services for his recommendations.

v. The Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services forwards the application to the Minister for final decision.

REQUIREMENTS:

The application  for Tanzania citizenship by a married woman should be attached with:

i. Proof of husband's citizenship.

ii. Marriage certificate registered in Tanzania.

iii.  A copy of  valid national passport

iv. A proof of valid immigration status.

v. Five recent passport size photographs.

 

NATURALIZATION OF A MINOR

The minister may cause the Minor child of any citizen of the United Republic to be naturalized as a citizen of the United Republic upon application made in the prescribed manner by a parent or guardian of a child.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR A MINOR:

i. the  parent or guardian fills in prescribed Forms.

ii. the parent or guardian may submit the application to the District, Regional immigration office or at the Headquarters.

iii. The District or Regional Immigration Officer forwards the application to the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services for recomendations.

iv. The Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services forwards the application to the Minister for final decision.

NOTE:

A Parent or guardian must be a citizen and he has to proof that he is a citizen of the United Republic.

REQUIREMENTS:

The application  for Tanzania citizenship for a minor should be attached with:

i.  Proof of citizenship of parent or guardian

ii.  Birth certificate of a child

iii.  A valid Immigration status

iv. Five recent  passport size photographs

v. the parent or guardian pays a submission fee of USD 1500 which is non refundable.

 

RENUNCIATION OF TANZANIA CITIZENSHIP

The procedures for renunciation of Tanzania citizenship:

i.  Applicant Fills in prescribed forms.

ii. Submission of the application forms to the Immigration Office, Embassies/High commission where an applicant resides,

iii. Submission of the application forms to the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services.

iv. The Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services forward the application to the Minister who registers the declaration made by applicant.

REQUIREMENTS

The  application for renunciation of Tanzania citizenship should be attached with:

i.  Approval  of the grant of citizenship from the other Country.

ii.  Return of Tanzania passport.

iii.  Five recent  passport size photographs.

iv. Payment of  renunciation fees of USD 60.

 

DEPRIVATION OF CITIZENSHIP OF CITIZENS BY NATURALIZATION

The Minister may by order deprive the citizenship of any citizen of the United Republic who is a citizen by naturalization if he is satisfied that the certificate of naturalization was obtained by means of fraud, false representation, or concealment of any material facts or else as provided under Tanzania Citizenship Act of 1995 and its Regulation of 1997.



 
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