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How to Apply for Rwandan Nationality by Acquisition - Statelessness

Rwandan nationality by acquisition on the grounds of statelessness is granted to an applicant or beneficiary who is a stateless person on the territory of Rwanda on the date of application and does not threaten national security. The follow-up time is 6 months after receipt of the application. The service is provided by the Directorate-General of Immigration and Emigration.

The processing time is 180 days, and the service price is RWF 10,000.


  • Applicants without an IremboGov account can apply for this service.

  • Applicant should have a foreign /refugee ID, refugee travel document, CEPGL, Laissez-passer, or any other form of identification.

Required attachments (4)

  • Recommendation issued by Executive Secretary of the Cell of your residence

  • Letter addressed to the Director General of Immigration applying for nationality

  • Detailed CV

  • Passport photo of the applicant

Optional attachments (2)

  • Birth certificate

  • A certificate of properties in Rwanda or employment (If any)

Follow the following steps to apply for Rwandan nationality by Acquisition -  Statelessness.

  1. Visit IremboGov platform at  under Immigration and Emigration Services. Click on Rwandan nationality by acquisition.


  1. Select “the ground of application by statelessness”; click apply.

  1. Fill in the applicant's details, identification type, date of birth, civil status, etc.

  1. Upload the required documents in the correct format.

  1. Verify that the information is true, enter a phone number and/or email address, check the verification box, and click on Submit.

  1. A billing Number/ID (88…) will be generated for payment, Click Pay.

  1. Applicants choose the mode of payment. For more information about payment modes, click here.


  • Upon payment, your application will be processed by DGIE. You will receive an email or SMS notifying you about any change in the status of your application. 

  • Once your Rwandan nationality is approved, the Rwanda Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration will notify you of the date and venue of oath-taking and collection of your nationality certificate. Thank you for using our services!

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