A minor is a child who is 21 years below.
1. Citizenship by Birth (sec.4)
A person born in Malawi where one or both of the parents
was born in Malawi.
2. Citizenship by Descent (sec.5)
A child born outside Malawi to one or both of the
parents who are Malawi citizens by birth, that child is automatically Malawian and
can obtain a Malawi passport provided is a minor.
2.1. Dual citizenship of minors
Any person upon attainment of 21 years of age is a citizen
of Malawi who also to his own knowledge is a citizen of some other country shall
cease to be a citizen of Malawi on his 22nd birthday.
3. Dual citizenship for Adults (sec. 6)
A citizen of Malawi of full age and capacity shall not be
entitled to any citizenship of any other country.
4. Citizenship by Marriage
» A woman can obtain a Malawian
Citizenship if is married to a Malawian and provided the person has stayed in Malawi
on a valid permit for a period of not less than
» A citizen of Malawi being
a woman who acquires by marriage the citizenship of some country other than Malawi
shall cease to be a citizen on the first anniversary of
the date of that marriage unless before the anniversary she has made a declaration
5. Citizenship by Registration
5.1 Citizenship by Registration of Commonwealth Citizens
» Any commonwealth citizen
being a person of full age and capacity may be registered as a citizen of Malawi
if he or she fulfils the following:-
A person must have resided in Malawi for five(5) years or above
Must have adequate knowledge of the prescribed vernacular languages
Must be of good character.
5.2 Citizenship by Registration of wives of Malawi Citizens
» Any woman, being a person
of full capacity, who has been married to a citizen of Malawi can be registered
as a citizen of Malawi provided she fulfils the following
Photocopy of Citizenship certificate of husband(in some cases)
Photocopies of husband’s passport
5.3 Citizenship by Registration of Stateless Persons
» A child born in Malawi to
parents who are holders of different nationalities may register as a citizen of
Malawi provided he or she fulfils the following:
A person should be proved that has always been stateless and born in Malawi
One of his parents was born in Malawi
The person has been ordinarily resident in Malawi for 3 years
The person has never been convicted or detained for behavior or to public
security or imprisoned for five years or any other criminal offence.
6. Naturalization of aliens
» Any person being a non commonwealth citizen
who has been resident in Malawi for over 7 years is eligible to apply for Malawi
citizenship provided he or she has fulfilled
Have adequate knowledge of English and any one of the prescribed venarcular
Have good character suitable to be a citizen of Malawi.
7. Citizenship by Conferment
» Any person may be conferred Malawi citizenship
in special circumstances on the discretion of the Minister.