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DUAL CITIZENSHIP

 

A citizen of Uganda of 18 years and above who voluntarily acquires the citizenship of a country other than Uganda may retain the citizenship of Uganda subject to the Constitution, The Act and any law enacted by parliament.

 

A person who is not a citizen of Uganda may, on acquiring the citizenship of Uganda, subject to the Constitution, The Act and any other law enacted by Parliament, retain the citizenship of another country.

 

ACQUISITION BY A CITIZEN OF UGANDA OF THE CITIZENSHIP OF ANOTHER COUNTRY WHILE RETAINING THE CITIZENSHIP OF UGANDA

 

1.      A citizen of Uganda who desires to acquire the citizenship of another country while retaining his or her citizenship of Uganda shall give notice in writing to The board (National Citizenship and Immigration Board) of his or her application for the citizenship of another country.

 

2.      The notice (1 above) shall be in the prescribed form and shall be accompanied by the following:

 

a) A statutory declaration stating that he or she is a citizen of Uganda only;
b) Where the person is a citizen of Uganda and another country, a declaration of renunciation of the citizenship of the third country;
c) Evidence that the applicant is of or above 18 years of age;
d) A copy of the application for citizenship of that other country;
e) Any other relevant information.

 

ACQUISITION BY A NON-CITIZEN OF UGANDA OF UGANDA CITIZENSHIP WHILE RETAINING THE CITIZENSHIP OF ANOTHER COUNTRY.

 

1.      A non-Ugandan citizen who wishes to acquire the citizenship of Uganda while retaining the citizenship of another country shall satisfy the conditions for citizenship (specified in sections 14 and 16 of The Act).

 

2.      In addition to the conditions prescribed in subsection 1 (above) a non-Ugandan citizen who wishes to acquire dual citizenship under this section shall:

 

a) Satisfy the board that the laws of his or her country of origin permit him or her to hold dual citizenship;
b) Not be the subject of a deportation order from Uganda territory or any other country;
c) Not be under a sentence of death or imprisonment exceeding nine months imposed by a competent court, without the option of a fine;
d) Satisfy the board that he or she has been resident in Uganda for not less than 10 years;
e) Satisfy the board that he or she has adequate knowledge of any prescribed vernacular language in Uganda or of English or Swahili;
f) Satisfy the board that he or she has not been in Uganda as a refugee or as a diplomat;
g) He or she possesses rare skills and capacity for technology transfer;
h) Be willing to take the oath of allegiance;
i) Be a person of sound mind.

 

GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR DUAL CITIZENSHIP

 

A person applying for dual citizenship shall, before being registered, satisfy the board that:

 

a) He or she is not engaged in espionage against Uganda;
b) He or she has not served in the voluntary service of the armed forces or security forces of a country hostile to or at war with Uganda;
c) He or she has not attempted to acquire Ugandan citizenship by fraud, deceit or bribery or by intentional or otherwise deliberate false statements in an application for citizenship;
d) He or she does not have a criminal record;
e) The laws of his or her country of origin permit dual citizenship;
f) He or she is, at the time of application, of or above 18 years of age;
g) He or she is of sound mind;
h) Does not hold more than one citizenship;
i) Is not an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent.

 

OFFICES OF STATE WHICH A PERSON HOLDING DUAL CITIZENSHIP IS NOT QUALIFIED TO HOLD

 

1. President
2. Vice President
3. Prime Minister
4. Cabinet Minister and other Ministers
5. The Inspector General and the Deputy Inspector General of Government
6. Technical Head of the Armed Forces
7. Technical Heads of Branches of the Armed Forces
8. Commanding Officers of the Armed Forces Units of at least battalion strength
9. Officers responsible for heading departments responsible for records, personnel and logistics in all branches of the Armed Forces
10. Inspector General of Police and Deputy Inspector General of Police
11. Heads and Deputy Heads of national Security and Intelligence Organisations (ESO, ISO and CMI)
12. Members of the National Citizenship and Immigration Board

 

 

USE OF TRAVEL DOCUMENTS BY DUAL NATIONAL

 

1.      A citizen who holds the citizenship of another country in addition to the citizenship of Uganda shall:
a) Be issued with a Ugandan passport or travel documents;
b) Be permitted to remain in Uganda without limitation if the person enters Uganda on a Ugandan passport;
c) Leave Uganda on the same passport that the person used to enter the country; and

 

2.      A citizen of Uganda who is also a citizen of any other country shall while in Uganda be subject to the laws of Uganda as any other citizen.

 

3. A dual citizen commits an offence when a Ugandan passport is used by the person interchangeably with the passport of another country to deceive an Immigration Officer and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred currency points (equivalent to 20,000) or imprisonments not exceeding one year or both.

TERMINATION OF CITIZENSHIP OF UGANDA

 

For the avoidance of doubt, where by virtue of holding dual nationality granted under section 19A or 19B (of the Act), a person holds the citizenship of Uganda in addition to the citizenship of another country, the board may by order deprive that person of the citizenship of Uganda:

a) Upon any of the grounds specified in sections 17 or 18 (of the Act); or
b) If that person acquires a third citizenship.

 

 

 

 

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