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How to Apply for Rwandan Nationality by Acquisition - Adoption.

Rwandan nationality by acquisition on the ground of adoption is given to a foreign child who is adopted by a Rwandan and does not threaten national security. The follow-up time is six months after the application is received. The service is provided by the Directorate-General of Immigration and Emigration ( DGIE).

The processing time depends on the case; the service price is RWF 10,000.


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

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

Required attachments: (8)

  • Court judgment (PDF)

  • Adoption record issued by Rwandan Civil Registrar

  • Recommendation letter from the National Child Development Agency

  • Birth record

  • Copy of the Rwandan National ID of an adoptive parent

  • Application letter for Rwandan nationality by adoptive parent

  • Proof of properties in the country, activities/occupation of the adoptive parent

  • Passport photo of the adoptee

Conditional attachments (4)

  • Copy of passport (adoptee)

  • Copy of laissez passer (adoptee)

  • Copy of the identification document (adoptee)

  • Residence permit (adoptee)

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

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


  1. Select “the ground of application by adoption” and click Apply.

  1. Fill in the adoptive parent's and adoptee's details and identification document number.

  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 your nationality certificate's collection date. 

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