Tanzania: Information on whether an Indian woman married to a Tanzanian citizen has the right to live in Tanzania with her husband, and the other rights she would be entitled to in that country (work, apply for citizenship)
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 December 1994|
|Citation / Document Symbol||TZA19172.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Tanzania: Information on whether an Indian woman married to a Tanzanian citizen has the right to live in Tanzania with her husband, and the other rights she would be entitled to in that country (work, apply for citizenship), 1 December 1994, TZA19172.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ad044c.html [accessed 19 June 2013]|
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According to a staff member of the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in Washington, DC, an Indian woman married to a Tanzanian citizen has the right to live in Tanzania with her husband (8 Dec. 1994). Until the Indian woman becomes a Tanzanian citizen, she would have the status of a permanent resident of Tanzania (ibid.). As a permanent resident, the Indian woman would be entitled to the same rights as a Tanzanian citizen (ibid.). According to the source, the woman would be authorized to work in Tanzania and would qualify for Tanzanian citizenship after five years of uninterrupted residence in Tanzania (ibid.). The DIRB is unable to corroborate this information at the present time. For additional information on Tanzanian citizenship, please refer to the attached Response to Information Request TZA19171.E of 8 December 1994. Also, please refer to the 1961 Citizenship Ordinance, which is currently available on the UNHCR REFLEG database at your Regional Documentation Centre. To the knowledge of the staff member, the citizenship laws of Tanzania have not changed since 1961.
This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania, Washington, DC. 8 December 1994. Telephone interview with staff member.
Documentation, Information and Research Branch (DIRB), Immigration and Refugee Board, Ottawa. 8 December 1994. Response to Information Request TZA19171.E.