Citizenship

Citizenship

The Citizenship unit consists of two officers and a support staff and is located at the ground floor, Immigration Department HQ, 969 Rodwell Rd, Suva.

With the abrogation of the 1997 constitution Fiji Citizenship is now being governed by a Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009. This is Decree No 23 and was introduced in July 2009 and is deemed to have come into force on 10th April 2009 – for more information refer Public Notice.

Fiji citizenship can be acquired by:

  • Birth
  • Registration
  • Naturalization

By Birth

Every Child born in the Fiji Islands on or after the date of commencement of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009 (10 April 2009) becomes a Fiji citizen at the date of birth unless one parent has diplomatic immunity and neither parent is a citizen.

By Registration

Citizenship by registration covers six categories of individuals:

  • The first category covers children born outside the Fiji islands on or after 10th April 2009 if at the date of the childs birth either of the Childs parents was a citizen – section 8(1) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree2009
  • The second category covers children under 18 years of age of a foreign nationality that are adopted by Fiji Citizens – section 8 (2) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009.
  • The third category covers children who were under the age of 18 when either parent became a Fiji citizen – Section 8(3) of the Citizenship Decree 2009.
  • The fourth category covers persons who would have qualified under the previous three categories but they have reached the age of 18 years. These applicants cannot be granted citizenship unless they have been lawfully present in Fiji for a total of three (3) of the five (5) years immediately before the application – Section 8(5) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009.
  • The fifth category provides for former adult Fiji citizens who wish to regain their Fiji citizenship. With the introduction of the multiple citizenship policy former citizens wishing to regain their Fiji citizenship need NOT renounce their other citizenship – Section 8(6) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009.
  • The sixth category provides for spouses of Fiji citizens. Applicants must have been lawfully present in Fiji for a total period of three of the five years immediately before the application – Section 8(7) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009. (refer to below checklist for fees and other requirement)

By Naturalisation

A foreign national can apply for Fiji citizenship if he or she has been lawfully present in Fiji for a total of five (5) of the ten (10) years immediately before the application is made. With the introduction of the multiple citizenship policy applicants do NOT need to renounce their other citizenship – Section 11 (2) of the Citizenship of Fiji Decree 2009. (refer to below checklist for fees and other requirement)

FIJI CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION CHECKLIST

1.       APPLICATION FOR CITIZENSHIP BY REGISTRATION

A.      REGISTRATION OF MINOR
 COMPLETED CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION FORM
 ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED COPY OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE
 TWO (2) PASSPORT SIZE PHOTO
 PROOF OF PARENTS CITIZENSHIP [PARENT’S COPY OF PASSPORT,PARENTS BIRTH CERTIFICATE]
 FEES – $394.00 [Application and Certificate fees only]

B.       REGISTRATION OF SPOUSE
 
COMPLETED CITIZENSHIP FORM
 OATH OF AFFIRMATION OF ALLEGIANCE
 COMPLETE CERTIFICATE B
 ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED COPY OF  BIRTH CERTIFICATE
 ORIGINAL MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
 PROOF OF SPOUSE’S CITIZENSHIP
 CERTIFIED COPY OF APPLICANT’S CURRENT PASSPORT
 TWO (2) PASSPORT SIZE PHOTO  FEES – $394.00 [Application and Oath fees only]

C.      REGISTRATION OF FORMER CITIZEN
 
COMPLETED CITIZENSHIP FORM
 OATH OF AFFIRMATION OF ALLEGIANCE
 COMPLETE CERTIFICATE B
 ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED COPY OF  BIRTH CERTIFICATE
 CERTIFIED COPY CURRENT PASSPORT
 POLICE REPORT FROM COUNTRY OF CURRENT CITIZENSHIP
 LOCAL POLICE REPORT [for applicant residing in Fiji for 12 months or more]  PROOF OF FORMER CITIZENSHIP[COPY OF FIJI PASSPORT]*  TWO (2) PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOS  FEES – $3385.00 [Application/Oath/ Certificate fees only]

D. LATE REGISTRATION
 
COMPLETED CITIZENSHIP FORM
 OATH OF AFFIRMATION OF ALLEGIANCE
 COMPLETE CERTIFICATE B
 ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED COPY OF  BIRTH CERTIFICATE
 PROOF OF PARENTS CITIZENSHIP
 TWO (2) PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOS
 FEES: $394.00 [Application and Oath fees only]

2. APPLICATION FOR CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALISATION
 
COMPLETED CITIZENSHIP FORM
 OATH OF AFFIRMATION OF ALLEGIANCE
 COMPLETE CERTIFICATE B
 ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED COPY OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE
 POLICE REPORT FROM COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
 LOCAL POLICE REPORT
 MEDICAL REPORT
 LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM REFEREES
 TWO (2) PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOS
 CERTIFIED COPY OF PASSPORT
 CONFIRMATION IN WRITING OF YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE COUNTRY
 FEES: $5692.00 [Application/Oath and Certificate fees only]         

For more information see Citizenship of Fiji Decree and Regulations.

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