Dual citizenship explained

SHARE   |   Thursday, 26 April 2018   |   By Omang Kilano

The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs informs the general public that a child born to a Motswana and a foreigner has dual citizenship or is considered to assume the nationality of both parents until the age of 21 years.

Affected individuals should at the age of 20 inform the Ministry in writing; of their intention to renounce citizenship, a process which must be completed before turning 21. Affected individuals are to submit their letters to Immigration Offices in their area. At the age of 21, the individual will have to choose the citizenship they want to keep. This process is commonly known as renunciation of citizenship and is done by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.


Where an individual with dual citizenship fails to renounce citizenship at age 21 it will result in the loss of the Botswana citizenship because the law will presume that the citizenship has been renounced as per Section 15 of the Citizenship Act. The Ministry advises those who are affected to renounce citizenship at the age of 21.

What happens if I fail to renounce citizenship at the age of 21 years? Failure to renounce citizenship at the required age will result in the following;


• Your Botswana Citizenship will be cancelled immediately upon attaining the age 21.

• You will not be recognised as the citizen of Botswana.


• Your National Identity Card (Omang) and passport will be revoked or cancelled.

• You will not be able to participate in political process of the country.


• You will not be illegible to get services and programmes offered to citizens.


For further information please contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship

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