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Citizenship Requirements – Application for Registration as a citizen of Botswana to His Excellency


The President of Botswana may order for registration of a foreign national as a citizen of Botswana on the grounds of special considerations.

Who is eligible?

A person not otherwise entitled to or eligible for citizenship of Botswana, to whom special circumstances exist which in the opinion of the President warrant such registration.

How do I get this service?

In order to access this service, applicants must complete the following steps.

  • Complete and submit Form I along with required documents and fees listed below.
  • Acknowledgement letter will be given to the applicant.
  • Check the status of your application at any Immigration and Citizenship Office
  • If your application is successful, letters requesting you to renounce your foreign citizenship will be sent to you by post.
  • You will be issued with a Registration Certificate after you have renounced your foreign citizenship.
  • If your application is rejected a rejection letter will be sent to you by post. You can re-apply if you wish. (there is no time restriction for re-submission).
What supporting documents are required?
  • Two passport size coloured photos.
  • Certified copy of  valid passport.
  • Certified copy of valid residence permit, exemption certificate, or permanent residence permit.
  • Letter explaining your special circumstances addressed to His Excellency the President. (attach supporting documents)
  • Set of Police report forms.
  • Certified copy of birth certificate or affidavit in lieu of birth certificate.

Those operating businesses in Botswana should also state:

  • Name of business.
  • Location of business.
  • Type of service or goods provided.
  • Number of employees hired.
  • Number and type of shares held.
  • Value of property owned or copy of lease agreement.
  • Type of trading license held.
  • Purpose of stay in Botswana.
  • Citizenship status of immediate family members.
How long will this service take?

Approximately one year.

How much does it cost?

The service costs BWP500.00.

Where can I obtain this service?

All Regional Immigration Offices, District Immigration Offices and Missions Abroad.

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs

Tel. (+267) 361 1300

Toll Free. 0800 600 777

Opening hours: 7:30 to 12:45, and 13:45 to 16:30, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

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