eFNS - Alien Card - Information Pack

Application for registration as a citizen of Kenya by lawful residents

Section 13(1) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011 provides :

  • A person who has attained the age of majority and capacity who has been lawfully resident in Kenya for a continuous period of at least seven years may on application be registered as a citizen if that person—
    • has been ordinarily resident in Kenya for a period of seven years, immediately preceding the date of application;
    • has been a resident under the authority of a valid permit or has been exempted by the Cabinet Secretary, in accordance with section 34(3)(h) and who is not enjoying the privileges and immunities under the Privileges and Immunities Act (Cap. 179);
    • has resided in Kenya throughout the period of twelve months immediately preceding the date of the application;
    • has an adequate knowledge of Kenya and of the duties and rights of citizens as contained in this act;
    • is able to understand and speak Kiswahili or a local dialect;
    • understands the nature of the application under subsection (1);
    • has not been convicted of an offence and sentenced to imprisonment for a term of three years or longer;
    • satisfies the Cabinet Secretary that he or she intends to reside in Kenya after registration;
    • has been determined, through an objective criteria, and the justification made, in writing, that he or she has made or is capable of making a substantive contribution to the progress or advancement in any area of national development within Kenya; and
    • is not an adjudged bankrupt.

How to apply

You need to:

  • Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
  • Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
  • Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the "Apply now" Link
  • Click on the "Submit Applications" tab and select the Lawful Residence tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
  • After your application is processed, an invoice will be generated which you can see by clicking on "Dashboard" then "Payments" Tab. If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to make a payment.
  • If unable to pay using any of the online modes, print your application form by clicking on "Dashboard" then "My Applications" Tab (If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to print your application). Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration Counter at Nyayo House, Nairobi for payments and processing
  • You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application


  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Registration fee is non refundable
  • Application print-outs must be presented to the Immigration headquaters

What are the requirements

  • A printed online application form 10 (Print the form after completing your application)
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • Questionnaire (Print the questionnaire after completing your application)
  • Permit held for the last 7 years
  • Certificate of good conduct
  • Letter of proof of contribution made in national development
  • Personal bank statement
  • Applicant’s passport copy
  • Declaration Concerning Residence (Form N)
  • Oath of allegiance
  • Copy of the Police Clearance Certificate
  • Copy of Checklist. click here to download

Requirements verification

Verify that you have the required document/pre-requisites and you meet the relevant criteria before you apply. Click on the "Apply Now" button on your right to apply.