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Nigeria and Swaziland: Whether a person can be a citizen of Swaziland and Nigeria at the same time, and whether a Nigerian can have residence status in Swaziland

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 17 July 2003
Citation / Document Symbol ZZZ41736.E
Reference 7
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For information on dual citizenship in Nigeria, please consult ZZZ38554.E of 15 February 2002.

According to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland in Washington, DC, the following is the procedure for obtaining a Swaziland citizenship: The applicant must

complete [an] application form (form 01/109) with the following attachments: fingerprints, birth certificate, registration or naturalization certificate, two recent clear, unmounted and identical passport size photographs, taken full face [and an] application fee (24 Apr. 2003).

The applicant must then submit the application to the Immigration Department, which is responsible for issuing passports (ibid.).

With regard to the issue of dual citizenship, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland stated that

the Kingdom of Swaziland, according to the Immigration Act, does not recognize dual citizenship. Any applicant for Swazi citizenship must go through the Citizenship Advisory Committee (CAC) after which the Minister of Home Affairs issues a Certificate of Citizenship at the CAC's recommendation.

The applicant is required to renounce his/her natural citizenship and take an oath to respect the laws of Swaziland (24 Apr. 2003).

Information on whether a citizen of Nigeria can have residence status in Swaziland could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate 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. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Reference

The Kingdom of Swaziland. 24 April 2003. Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland, Washington, DC. Correspondence.

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series

Country Reports 1999-2002

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland

IRB Databases

Keesing's Record of World Events

The Political Handbook of the World

Resource Centre. Country File. Swaziland

Internet sites, including:

Accord

Africa Files

Afronet

Swazi News

Search engine:

Google

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