We recently applied for Claire’s and Heidi’s Kenyan passports. For any of you whose children have the right to Kenyan citizenship (baby has at least one Kenyan parent), here is how the process went for us. Thankfully, it’s more straightforward than the process for getting a Kenyan birth certificate!
We filled out the Form 19 passport application, and collected the following:
– our children’s Kenyan birth certificate (ORIGINALS and COPIES) **See PPS note**
– both parents’ birth certificates (ORIGINALS and COPIES)
– both parents’ IDs / passports (ORIGINALS and COPIES)
– Three colored passport photos. One of the passport photos needs to be signed on the back and notarized by a lawyer, who also needs to sign part of the application form swearing that the baby is who we say she is.
– Certified copy of the recommender’s national ID
– A consent letter (if your child is under 18) from one of the child’s parents plus a copy of the parent’s National ID. If only one parent is Kenyan, the consent letter should be written and signed by the Kenyan parent.
We went to Nyayo House with all of the above and both of our kids – they must be present! We entered the gate, went to the right side of the building, passed through security and entered. We had to wait in a series of lines, first in the loooong line of people sitting in chairs, to the left of the entrance. Helpful tip – we talked to one of the security guards and explained that we had young children who were the applicants, and they let us jump the line!
Once we reached the window, we submitted all the documents to the agent. When the agent was satisfied that we had supplied all the required documentation, he told us to wait at another window to pay the fee of 4,500 KES per passport. Once we paid, they gave us a small photograph token receipt, and told us to wait in another area to have our children’s photos taken. (I do not know why you have to supply 3 passport photos, then proceed to have someone at Nyayo House take “official” photos.) After they took our kids’ photos, they gave us a receipt with a reference number, and we have used that to track our kids’ passport applications.
A few weeks have passed, so this week we returned to Nyayo House to collect the passports. Like I said, surprisingly straightforward! Hope this helps!
PS – This is the current process as of July 2014. The process may have changed since the time of writing. Please check the Kenyan Department of Immigration website for updates! The website seems to be down these days, but hopefully the link will work again soon!
PPS – If your children were born outside Kenya (as Claire was), then you must first get their original birth certificate (from the country in which they were born) registered with the Kenyan government. This is done at Hass Plaza on Lower Hill Road (or it was, when we did it in 2014!). The office will expect to keep the original birth certificate you supply, so we ordered certified duplicates from the UK, as I was not willing to surrender Claire’s only original UK birth certificate.
PPPS – Just adding a note for readers who find this page via Google search. I am not an immigration offical, and unfortunately I cannot help you with visa questions, passport processing, or in any other way assist with queries regarding the Kenya Department of Immigration. This is simply a blog post about my own experience getting a Kenyan passport for our daughter. I hope it helps!