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Change the Ugandan Citizenship and Immigration Control (Amendments) Act 2009 Requirements for Dual Citizenship

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The diaspora, other concerned Ugandans and friends of Uganda, dissent the Citizenship and Immigration Control (Amendments) Act 2009 requiring;

 a) Ugandans who desire to acquire the citizenship of another country first give written notice to the National Citizenship Board in Kampala.

 b) Children born of Ugandan parents in the diaspora, who acquire citizenship of foreign countries, are not eligible for Ugandan citizenship until they are 18 years. 

c) An application fee of US $400 per person to re-acquire Ugandan citizenship.

Diaspora communities make an enormous contribution to economic and social development of our motherland through various means such as advocating for Ugandan causes, promoting linkages with the international community, attracting foreign investments, as well as skills transfer and remittances. Reports by various entities such as the Bank of Uganda, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Uganda Bureau of Statistics demonstrate that Uganda has received a large amount of remittances to offset the trade balance. This affirms the diaspora’s contribution to the economic growth and development of our motherland. Therefore, the Citizenship law in its current form is a hindrance to our heritage, rights, duties and responsibilities as Ugandans. 

We ask that this legislation be amended to allow;

i) Ugandans to acquire foreign citizenships without having to first notify the National Citizenship Board.

 ii) Re—admission of Ugandans that were inadvertently stripped of their right to citizenship because they did not notify the National Citizenship Board in writting. This should be without the re-application requirements and further delays. 

 iii) Children born abroad maintain their Ugandan Citizenship unless they choose to      renounce it when they are 18 years or older.

As concerned Ugandans, we want to be part of the discussion which impacts our future and generations to come.

 

Thank you.



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