Government of Pakistan
DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF IMMIGRATION & PASSPORTS
Ministry of Interior
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IMMIGRATION
Citizenshihp of Pakistan
Grant of Citizenship
Overseas Registration
Dual Nationality
Renunciation of Citizenship
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Laws and Rules which mainly govern the Policy and Procedures pertaining to Immigration are:
  • Pakistan citizenship Act 1951.
  • Naturalization Act 1926.
  • Pakistan citizenship Rules 1952.

Citizenship of Pakistan
There are three categories of declared citizens of Pakistan including citizens by birth, by descent and by migration, which are briefly mentioned below. (Please see relevant sections of Pakistan citizenship Act, 1951 for details)
(i) Citizens by Birth.
(ii) Citizens by Descent.
(iii) Citizens by Migration.
(i) Citizen by Birth:
Persons who or any of their parents or grand parents were born in the territories now included in Pakistan before the commencement of citizenship Act, 1951 are citizens of Pakistan.
Any person born in Pakistan after the commencement of Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 is citizen of Pakistan. Children of foreign diplomats and children of enemy alien born in Pakistan are not included in this category. Persons, who migrated from territories of Pakistan to other areas of Indo-Pakistan sub-continent for permanent stay after March, 1947 shall also be not considered citizens of Pakistan.
(ii) Citizen by Descent:
Children of Pakistanis who are born outside of Pakistan are citizens by descent. If the parent of such child is a citizen by descent himself/herself (as born outside of Pakistan) the child is required to be registered in the nearest consulate or Pakistani mission.
Children born to Pakistani mother and foreign national father, after 18.04.2000, are treated as citizens of Pakistan.
(iii) Citizen by Migration:
The persons who migrated to Pakistan from the territories in the indo-Pakistan subcontinent before the commencement of Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 are declared citizens of Pakistan.

Grant of Citizenship
Persons who can acquire citizenship of Pakistan after applying in prescribed manner are mentioned as under:-
(Type of Application Form and a list of documents required for submission of such application are provided under each category of entitled persons.) A brief description of prossessing of application is also given below.

A. Categories:

(i) Foreign Ladies Married to Pakistani Nationals:
(Following documents are required other than those mentioned in the form.)
  • Prescribed application form F (in quadruplicate)
  • An affidavit on Rs.20/- non judicial stamp paper from the applicant and her husband regarding/mentioning detailed facts of the case.
  • A similar affidavit from the husband on Rs.20/- non judicial stamp paper.
  • An Affidavit duly supported by documentary evidence about her stay in Pakistan for a period of 05 years.
  • Photostat copies of relevant pages of applicant's foreign passport.
  • Photostat copy of residential permit.
  • Photocopy of marriage certificate.
  • Photostat copy of domicile certificate of the applicant (in case of applicant other than Commonwealth Citizen).
  • List of close-relations residing in India on the prescribed form.
  • Photostat copies of Pakistan Citizenship Certificate/Domicile Certificate of the applicant's husband (in case the husband has been issued such certificate).
  • Six color photographs with light blue background size 2X1 1/2. One attested on front and one on back by Notary public/Oath Commissioner.
  • Photostat copies of the relevant pages of the Pakistani passport or national identity card of the husband.
    • Note: All of above mentioned documents may be attested by Notary public/Oath Commissioner except the photographs which have to be attested in a specified manner.
  • Bank challan of prescribed amounts Rs.200/-.
  • Oath of allegiance taken before 1st Class Magistrate (in case of citizen other than Commonwealth).
  • Attested copy of domicile of the lady (in case of citizens other than commonwealth).
  • Two certificates form two different Government Officers not less than B-17 confirming the date national status of the applicant's husband. Such certificates must also indicate the date and place of birth of the applicant's husband and his income.
  • Applications form can either be submitted to Directorate General Immigration & Passports Islamabad or its RPO at Lahore & Karachi or in the offices of District Coordination Officer/Deputy Commissioners of other Districts in Pakistan.

(ii) Commonwealth Citizens who Transfer Rs.5/- Million worth of Foreign Exchange:
(Following documents are required other than those mentioned in the form)
  • Application on Form-R duly attested by the mission (in quadruplicate) is to be submitted to the Directorate General Immigration & Passports, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad, through Pakistan's mission abroad.
  • Five Photographs with blue background.
  • Original Bank Proceeds Certificate regarding transfer of Rs.05/- Million to Pakistan through normal banking channel.
  • Photocopy of present Passport.
  • Fee of Rs.200/- (Rs.800/- for Indian National). After confirmation from State Bank, of the bank transaction of Rs.05/- Million, Immigrant Visa for Pakistan is issued. Pakistan Citizenship certificate is granted after arrival in Pakistan.

(iii) The Nationals of Countries other than Commonwealth after they have resided in Pakistan for a period of 05 years under the Naturalization Act, 1926. i.e. 12 months continuous stay preceding to the date of application and 04 years aggregate stay during the 07 years preceding to the said twelve months:
(Following documents are required other than those mentioned in the form.)
  • Application on Form-A duly attested by Notary Public (in quadruplicate) is to be submitted to Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad.
  • Fee amounting to Rs.1500/- is to be deposited in parts i.e. Rs.750/- at the time of submission of application and Rs.750/- at the time of grant of certificate.
  • Affidavit on Rs.20/- Stamp Paper regarding/mentioning facts of the case.
  • Six color Photographs with light-blue background.
  • Photocopies of Passport along with a statement showing stay of the Applicant in Pakistan for 05 years.

(iv) Minor Children (below 21 years of Age) of Pakistani Ladies Married to Foreigners:
(Following documents are required other than those mentioned in the form.)
  • Application on form M (in quadruplicate) form Pakistani Parents/Guardians.
  • Four photographs.
  • Affidavit from Pakistani Parents/Guardian regarding fact of the case.
  • Documentary evidence proving the national status of Parents/Guardians as Citizen of Pakistan.
  • Fee of Rs.200.
  • Application form can either be submitted direct to Directorate General Immigration & Passports Islamabad or its RPOs at Lahore & Karachi or in the offices of District Coordination Officers/Deputy Commissioners of other Districts in Pakistan.

(v) Old Parents of Pakistani Nationals who are Residing in India:
(Following documents are required other than those mentioned in the form.)
  • Application on prescribed form duly attested by Oath Commissioner/Notary Public (in quadruplicate) on their behalf by their sons/daughters is to be submitted to the Directorate General Immigration & Passports, Islamabad.
  • Fee of Rs.800/- for grant of Emergency Certificate in the applicant's name to be deposited in the nearest designated branch of National Bank of Pakistan.
  • His/Her own affidavit on Rs.20/- Stamp Paper regarding/mentioning facts of the case.
  • Six color Photographs with light-blue background of Indian Dependant, one duly attested on back-side by the Oath Commissioner/Notary Public.
  • Documentary evidence to confirm his/her national status as citizen of Pakistan other than Pakistan Passport, affidavit, National Identity Card and two certificates from two different officers of Grade-17 or above of Central or Provincial Government.
  • List of close relations residing in India.
  • A certificate from Government Officer in BPS-17 or above confirming the relationship of the applicant with his/her Indian dependent.
  • Five specimen signatures and thumb impressions of the Indian dependent attested by the applicant.

    Note: Emergency Certificate is granted followed by Pakistan Citizenship Certificate.

B
Processing of Application for Citizenship
Following are the steps of processing application.

(i) Availability of Application Forms:
Application forms can be obtained from Directorate General of immigration and Passports (Dte. Gen. I&P), Islamabad and it’s Regional Passport Offices (RPOs) at Provincial Headquarters. You can also Download Forms.

(ii) Submission of Application:
You can submit Applications pertaining to foreign ladies married to Pakistan nationals at Directorate General of Immigration and Passports its Regional Passport Offices at Provincial Headquarters, and Home Departments of concerned Provincial Government.

(iii) Further Official Process:
After submission of the application it shall be examined and applicant shall be informed if some documents are missing or if there is any other discrepancy in the application.
Applicants are advised to ensure that applications are complete in all respects and all required documents are attached. After approval of formal submission of the application, a receipt/certificate shall be issued to applicant. Application shall be referred to one of the concerned departments for verification. Application to other concerned departments shall be send only after completion of required aggregate stay in Pakistan.

Registration Requirement for Overseas Pakistanis

(i) Registration of Birth of a Child of Citizen of Pakistan Born in Country Outside Pakistan:
  • The birth of such children may be reported by the parents or guardians on Form S to the concerning Pakistan's Mission abroad within a period of six months.

(ii) Annual Registration by a Citizen of Pakistan Resident Abroad:
  • Citizen of Pakistan are required to get themselves registered with Pakistan Mission abroad annually on Form-I.

Dual Nationality
Government of Pakistan has dual nationality arrangements with following 16 countries.
Sr.#
Name of Country
Sr.#
Name of Country
1 United Kingdom 9 Egypt
2 France 10 Jordan
3 Italy 11 Syria
4 Belgium 12 Switzerland
5 Iceland 13 Netherland
6 Australia 14 United States of America
7 New Zealand 15 Sweden
8 Canada 16 Ireland

The nationals of these countries are not required to renounce their nationality while acquiring Pakistan Citizenship.

Renunciation of Pakistan Citizenship
  • Any citizen of Pakistan residing outside Pakistan, who is not a minor and is also a citizen or national of another country or has been given by the competent authority of another country any valid document assuring him/her citizenship or nationality of that other country, shall make a declaration of renunciation of citizenship on form “X” in triplicate to the Directorate General Immigration & Passports Islamabad through Pakistan Mission abroad.
  • The person concerned will cease to be citizen of Pakistan from the date of registration of his citizenship by Directorate General Immigration & Passports Islamabad.
  • Where a male person ceases to be citizen of Pakistan:
    • Every such minor child of that person as is residing outside Pakistan shall, thereupon, cease to be a citizen of Pakistan provided any such child may, within one year of his completing the age of 21 years, make a declaration that he wishes to resume the citizenship of Pakistan and shall upon making of such declaration becomes a citizen of Pakistan.
    • Every such minor of that person as is residing in Pakistan shall continue to be a citizen of Pakistan.
  • The fee for renunciation of citizenship is Rs.500/-.
  • Further Steps of Renunciation of Citizenship are as follows.
(i) Availability of Application Form "X":
Application form “X” can be obtained from Pakistani consulate or Mission abroad. This form is also available at Directorate General of immigration and Passports Islamabad. You can also Download it.
(ii) Processing of Application for Renunciation:
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After being received at this Directorate General, your application shall be referred to concerned department for clearance and after such clearance renunciation certificate shall be prepared and dispatched to concerned foreign mission. Applicants are requested to submit their applications after carefully enclosing all required documents particularly original CNIC, Photocopies of Passports and assurance letter issued by concerned Foreign Government. Please mention the name of only those children in form “X” who are residing with you in a foreign country and whose Pakistani nationality you want to renounce with that of you.
If your application is complete in all respects delivery of renunciation certificate to you may take three months. However incomplete applications, non availability of CNIC or lake of supporting documents regarding children whose names are mentioned in Form “X” may cause delay in finalization of your case. You may check status of your application by sending email at: immigration@dgip.gov.pk.

Download
Citizenship Forms.
  • Application for a Certificate of Citizenship of Pakistan at the Commencement of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 (II of 1951) - FORM "A"
  • Application for a certificate of naturalization under the Naturalization Act, 1926 - FORM "A"
  • Application for a Certificate of Citizenship of Pakistan at the Commencement of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 (II of 1951) - FORM "B"
  • Application for Citizenship of Pakistan from a person born in Pakistan, who having migrated to India after 1st March, 1947 has returned to it under a permit for resettlement or permanent return - FORM "C"
  • Application for Registration as a Citizen of Pakistan by a person of Indo-Pakistan origin residing abroad - FORM "D"
  • Application for a Certificate of Registration as Citizen of Pakistan by Naturalization - FORM "E"
  • Application for a Certificate of Citizenship of Pakistan from a person of former East Pakistan domicile residing in Pakistan, or in a foreign country - FORM "E-1"
  • Application for a certificate of citizenship of Pakistan from a person domiciled in the territories which before the 16th day of December, 1971 constituted the Province of East Pakistan but residing on that day or on 18th March, 1978 in a country beyond those territories under the protection of a Pakistan passport - FORM "E-3"
  • Grant of Pakistan Citizenship Certificate to a woman on the found of her Marriage to a Pakistan National - FORM "F"
  • Application for Registration of a Minor as a Citizen of Pakistan - FORM "M"
  • Application for a Certificate of Domicile in Pakistan - FORM "P"
  • Application for a Certificate of Citizenship from a person whose citizenship is in doubt - FORM "Q"
  • Application for Registration as a Citizens of Pakistan by a British subject (Or Commonwealth Citizens) - FORM "R"
  • Application for Registration of birth of a child of a Citizen of Pakistan born in a country outside Pakistan - FORM "S"
  • Form of statement for annual registration by a Citizen of Pakistan resident abroad - FORM "T"
  • Application for copy of [Citizenship or domicile certificate] or its Replacement with changed particulars - FORM "V"
  • Declaration of Renunciation of Citizenship under Section 14-A of the Pakistan Citizenship Act 1951 - FORM "X"
  • Declaration of intention to resume Pakistan citizenship under section 14-A of the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 - FORM "Y"

Contact
Kindly provide the following information while making any query specifically for Renunciation of Citizenship Cases after its innitiation from the concerned Pakistani Foreign Mission.
  • Applicant Name with Father/Guardian name.
  • Case No.
  • Name of City/Foreign Mission; where case has been initiated.
  • Name of Country; where case has been initiated.
  • CNIC/NICOP Number
  • Passport No. (if applicable).
  • immigration@dgip.gov.pk


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

(i) Citizenship Cases:
Q* How to get Citizenship on marriage basis?
Female married to Pakistan nationals can apply on Form “F” at (Hqrs) Islamabad, concerned Home Departments, or Regional Passport Offices at provincial (Hqrs) Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta.

Q* What documents are required for Pakistan Citizenship Certificate applications on marriage basis?
Form “F”, Marriage certificate, Photocopy of Husband’s CNIC & Passport, two Affidavit from applicant and her husband stating facts of the case, fee of Rs.200/=, two Certificates from class 1 officers verifying particulars, photocopy of applicant’s passport, twenty five picture, Nikah-nama,

Q* Can a foreign male married to Pakistani Female get citizenship?
NO, Not Presently.

Q* How can one get citizenship on Fund Transfer Basis?
A Commonwealth citizen on transfer of five million rupees to Pakistan through State Bank can apply on Form “R”, check web page for details.

Q* How to apply on basis of long legal stay in Pakistan?
None commonwealth citizens if they have completed five years period of legal stay, out of seven years can apply on form “A” for Naturalization to Ministry of Interior.

Q* In how much time a case for grant of nationality is finalized?
It depends upon your completion of five years aggregate stay in Pakistan & clearance from agencies may take more six months.

Q* How to check status of already submitted nationality cases? Contact Details

(ii) Renunciation Cases:
Q* What is the process of Nationality cancellation (Renunciation)?
Please apply at concerned Foreign Mission of Pakistan on Form X with photo copy of Your Passport and original CNIC.

Q* What documents are required for renunciation?
Original CNIC photo copy of Passport Assurance certificate of nationality issued by concerned country.
You have to submit Original CNIC but not Original Passport at the time of Submitting application.

Q* How much time does renunciation process take?
Normally three months if your application is complete and accompanied by original CNIC.

Q* What are the Office Timings of I&P Head office?
8.00 AM to 4.00 PM, Facilitation desk 8.00 AM to 10.00 AM.

Q* Who is concerned Officer to contact for Immigration matters?
Asstt. Dir. (Immigration Section) Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Shahid, Official No.051-9107050.

Q* How to check status of already applied of renunciation cases? Contact Details


Guide Lines
  • The renunciation certificates in those cases have not yet been issued where replies are awaited from missions regarding providing missing documents/information. The reminders in all these cases have been issued and concerned missions are requested to expedite replies, so these cases may be finalized. It has been observed that most of above referred cases are those where CNIC / NICOP of a applicant was not provided. Which is required as an evidence of Pakistani Nationality of such applicant. We have also referred these cases to the Special Branch and reply from that department in many cases is still awaited. Missions are requested to ensure that CNIC of a applicant is enclosed with each case at the time of its forwarding to this department.
  • Further guide lines for forwarding the cases after ensuring that such cases are complete in all aspects, are provided as under:-
    • Please examine the all cases and ensure that all required documents are enclosed with each case as per attached list of required documents.
    • CNIC/NICOP of the applicant in original required to be enclosed with the case. Please ensure that CNIC/NICOP is provided with each case.
    • When applicant is not in possession of CNIC/NICOP. He may expressly be informed that finalization of renunciation certificate may take longer period as his Renunciation case shall be referred to Special Branch for verification of national status
    • Please note that children under the age of 21 years are not authorized to independently renounce their nationality under section 14-A Pakistan Renunciation Act 1951. Therefore, the separate cases for renunciation of nationality regarding minor children may not be forwarded. Applicant may be guided that when a male person renounces his nationality all his minor children who are residing with him in a foreign country cease to be Pakistani. This renunciation shall not effect the children of the applicant residing in Pakistan and they remain citizens of Pakistan.
    • Where applicant specifically require inclusion of names of minor children residing in a foreign country he may be ask to mention these children in Form”X”. In this case, RG-II/ Birth Certificate/NICOP/Form “S” may be provided any of as an evidence of minor children’s being citizen of Pakistan. Minor children residing in Pakistan should not be included in form”X”.
    • Where applicant cannot provide any evidence regarding Pakistani nationality of minor children i.e Birth Certificate, Form “B”, Form “S”, NICOP etc, he may be asked to not include the names of children in Form”X”. As this may cause delay in own case. However, he may get included the minor children in his Renunciation Certificate any time in future by sending back Renunciation Certificate alongwith required evidence Form”B” /Form”S” etc. In this case only those children shall be entered in Renunciation Certificate who were born before the issuance of Renunciation Certificate to their father.
    • Names of the children may not be included in the form “X” of the female applicant, as the names of the children are not included in Renunciation Certificate issued to female applicants.
    • The required photograph may be attached with the case carefully and may be stapled properly so these are not detached or displaced causing delay in processing of the case.
    • It has been observed that certain missions write same case number on all forwarded cases (which seems to be a file number) making it difficult for this office to track/trace an individual case with the help of case number. It is suggested that a separate tracking number or a serial number given to each individual case may be mentioned on that case so tracking/tracing of the case may been easy.
    • The email address of the applicant (if available) may be included in forwarding letter so this department may also contact the applicant directly if some information/documents are needed.
    • The applicants may please be provided with email address of this department ( immigration@dgip.gov.pk) so they may contact for checking status of their applications.
    • It is suggested that the date of submission of the case in a mission (which shall be the date of issuance of receipt to the applicant) may also be mentioned in the forwarding letter. As most of the applicant in emails to this department mention the date of submission of the application in the Mission.
  • Delivery of Renunciation Certificate and cancellation of Pakistani Passport.
    • Applicants are not required to submit their original Pakistani Passport at the time of submission of their case for renunciation. Such passports are required to be submitted at the time of delivery of Renunciation Certificate. However, some times applicant’s passports or his previous passports are sent with the case by concerned missions.
    • Please ensure that each and every page of such passports is stamped with word “ CANCELLED”.
    • After delivery of Renunciation Certificate the original passport may be obtained and forward to this Department after canceling each and every page of these passports including pages containing visas.

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