An alien may become a citizen of Kenya naturalization or registration.
Naturalization: under section 93 (1) of the Constitution any alien may become a citizen of Kenya making a formal application to the minister. The minister must be satisfied that the applicant has fulfilled certain minimum conditions: The applicant must:
- Have attained the age of 21.
- Have adequate knowledge of the Kiswahili language.
- Be of good character.
- Intend to continue residing in Kenya if naturalized.
- Have been ordinarily and lawfully residing in Kenya for 12 months on this immediate date before the application.
- Have been ordinarily and lawfully resident in Kenya for a period of 4years or for periods amounting in the aggregate to not less that 4 years during the 7 years. Immediately receding the 12 months above.
- The minister may thereupon grant of applicant a certificate of naturalization.
Registration: An alien may be registered as a citizen of Kenya. Pursuant to a formal application to the minister and must fulfill any of the following conditions:
- A woman married to a citizen of Kenya is entitled to be registered on application. Such application may be made during the lifetime of the husband.
- A citizen of any common wealth country who has been ordinarily and lawfully resident in Kenya for at least 5 years.
- A citizen of any African country which registers, Kenyans as her own citizens, provided the applicant has been ordinarily and lawfully resident in Kenya for at least 5 years.
- Any person born in Kenya before 11.12.1963 where neither parent had been born in Kenya.
- A person born outside Kenya whose mother is a citizen of Kenya.
- The minister may register the applicant as a citizen of Kenya.