SERVICE CHARTER 2006
Office of the President,Ministry of State for Immigration and Registration of Persons
The Ministry of State for Immigration and Registration of Persons in the Office of the President wascreated through Presidential Circular Number 1 of February 2005 on the Organization of Government.It derives its mandate from this circular and the following legal instruments:(a)Kenya Citizenship Act Cap. 170(b)Immigration Act Cap. 172(c)Aliens Restrictions Act Cap 173(d)Constitution of Kenya Chapter 6(e)Registration of persons Act Cap. 107(f)Birth and Death registration Act Cap. 149The Ministry is also guided by the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees and OAU Convention onRefugees of 1969.
The control of entry and residence of foreigners into this country dates back to the introduction of what was called the Immigration Restriction Ordinance of 1906. The Immigration Ordinances wererevised in 1962 and 1964, when the latter was renamed the Immigration Act. The Immigration Act of 1964 was revised and a new immigration Act of 1967, Cap. 172 Laws of Kenya became operationalon December 1, 1967.
National Registration Bureau Services
Identification in Kenya is traced from 1915 when the British colonial government passed the NativeRegistration Ordinance in which, it was mandatory for all adult male Africans to register and carryidentification papers. The Registration of Persons Ordinance Cap 50 of 1947 made mandatory for allmale persons of 16 years and above to register.This Ordinance became the Registration of Persons Act Cap 107 of the Laws of Kenya in 1963. This Act was amended in 1978 to provide for the registration of both male and female and create theDepartment of National Registration Bureau. An amendment of the Act in 1980 changed theregistration age to eighteen (18) years.
Civil Registration Services
Registration of births and deaths was introduced for the first time in Kenya in 1904 and applied onlyto Europeans and Americans.In 1928 the current Act CAP. 149 was enacted. This Act only provided for the compulsory registrationof the deaths of Africans but not for their births. After independence in 1963 compulsory registration of all births and deaths was extended in phasesto other areas beginning with Nairobi and Nyeri on 1st March 1963. On 1st September 1971 itbecame compulsory to register all births and deaths occurring in Kenya.
The influx of refugees into Kenya can be traced back before independence but no formal recognitionor registration was done. After independence, the Government set up a secretariat to handlerefugees’ documentation, registration and settling programme(s). The refugees were spread invarious camps and reception centers across the country but the number soared up to about 500,000people thereby necessitating the Government to open Dadaab and Kakuma camps.