Uganda Convention Toronto | National IDs(NIRA), Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Confirm Participation!



Convention News Flash — The Uganda Canada Convention organizing committee is happy to report that NIRA-Uganda(National Identity and Registration Authority), the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration, Ministry of Internal Affairs have both confirmed participation in the upcoming Uganda Canadian Convention that will be held on June 30th – July 1st at the Sheraton Center Hotel in Toronto.  Please plan to carry the necessary documentation to allow for easy processing.

National Identity Registration Authority (NIRA-Uganda) Mandate — To create, manage, maintain and operationeralize the National Identification Register by
1.Registering all citizens of Uganda;
2.Registering non-citizens of Uganda who are lawfully residents in Uganda;
3.Registering births and deaths
Assigning a unique National Identification Number to every person registered Issuing National Identification Cards and Aliens’ Identification Cards to all registered persons.
To learn more about NIRA Uganda visit 

1.2 What is dual citizenship?
In Uganda, dual citizenship means the simultaneous possession of two citizenships of which one is Uganda.
1.3 Does dual citizenship include possession of three citizenships?
NO; dual citizenship in Uganda means only two citizenships of which one is Uganda. The possession of a third citizenship disqualifies one from holding or being a dual national of Uganda unless the third citizenship is renounced.
2.0 What is the rationale for dual citizenship in Uganda?

Realization that Ugandans in the Diaspora make enormous contribution to the economic and socio development of Uganda
i. Need to enable Ugandans in the Diaspora maintain linkages with their roots without any legal hindrances
ii. The need to attract potential investors
iii. Reap advantages that accrue from the grant of dual citizenship.

3.0 When did the law on dual citizenship come into force?

Until 2009, dual citizenship was prohibited in Uganda by Article 15 of the Constitution. Article 15 was amended by constitutional amendment No. Pursuant to which the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control (Amendments) Act 2009 was enacted providing for dual citizenship in Uganda.

3.1 Who qualifies to hold dual citizenship in Uganda?
i. Any person holding Uganda citizenship and seeks citizenship of another country that allows dual citizenship and also fulfils the requirements for dual nationality OR
ii. Any person who holds a citizenship of a country that permits dual nationality and also seeks Uganda citizenship and satisfies the requirements for grant of dual citizenship.

4.0 What are the procedures for retaining the citizenship of Uganda when one acquires citizenship of another country?
i. A citizen of Uganda who desires to acquire the citizenship of another country while retaining his/her citizenship of Uganda shall give notice in writing to the National Citizenship and Immigration Board of his or her application for the citizenship of another country
ii. The notice above shall be in the prescribed form and shall be accompanied by:
a. A statutory declaration stating that he or she is a citizen of Uganda only where the person is a citizen of Uganda and another country, a declaration of renunciation of the Citizenship of the third country evidence that the applicant is of or above eighteen years of age.
b. A copy of the application for citizenship of that other country.
c. Any other relevant information.

5.0 Which offices in Uganda cannot be held by a dual citizen hold?
a) President of Uganda
b) Vice President
c) Prime Minister
d) Cabinet Minister and other Ministers
e) Inspector General and the Deputy Inspector General of Government
f) Technical Head of the armed forces
g) Technical heads of Branches of the armed forces. Commanding Officers of armed forces units of at least battalion strength
i) Officers responsible for heading departments responsible for records, personnel and logistics in all branches of the armed forces
j) Inspector General of Police and Deputy Inspector General of Police
k) Heads and Deputy Heads of National Security and Intelligence Organizations, (ESO, ISO & CMI)
l) Member of the National Citizenship and Immigration Board

6.0 Summary Check List for Dual Citizenship Applicants
a) Fill in the dual citizenship application form and have it commissioned or Notarized by a High Court Judge or Notary Public.
b) Covering letter addressed to the secretary of the National citizenship and Immigration Board
c) Letter of good conduct from the home country or Interpol.
d) Proof that the applicant has been granted citizenship by registration ( only applicable to foreigners who have been granted Ugandan Citizenship by Registration).
e) Evidence that that other country other than Uganda allows dual citizenship (e.g. letter from immigration authority or High Commission or consulate of that other country or copy of the provisions of laws permitting dual citizenship of that other country ).
f) Two (2) recent Passport size photos of applicant.
g) Evidence that the applicant or his/her parents or grandparents have ever resided in Uganda for at least ten years.
h) Medical report of sanity of the applicant.
i) Proof that the applicant is above 18 years of age e.g. birth certificate.
j) Evidence that the applicant has adequate knowledge of English, Swahili or
k) Evidence that the applicant was formerly a Ugandan ( only applicable to Ugandans in the Diaspora ).
l) Any of the prescribed vernacular languages.

To learn more about Uganda Dual Citizenship visit the Directorate website below.

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