Immigration and Citizenship of Pakistan


Laws and Rules which mainly govern the Policy and Procedures pertaining to Immigration are:

  • Pakistan citizenship Act 1951. (PCA 1951)
  • Naturalization Act 1926. (NA 1926)
  • Pakistan citizenship Rules 1952. (PCR 1952)images (1)

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: Section 10(2) of PCA 1951
(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 regarding/mentioning detailed facts of the case, duly attested by notary public or magistrate.
  • 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/visa.
  • Photocopy of marriage certificate.
  • Photostat copy of domicile certificate of the applicant (in case of applicant is other than Commonwealth Citizen).
  • List of close-relations residing in India.
  • Photostat copies of Pakistan Citizenship Certificate or any other evidence establishing the husband’s citizenship of Pakistan.
  • 10 color photographs with light blue background size 2X1 1/2. One attested on front and one on back by notary public/magistrate.
  • 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/magistrate 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 the applicant is a citizen other than Commonwealth countries).
  • Two certificates from two different gazetted Government Officers 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 to the Federal Government (i.e. Ministry of Interior).

(ii)Commonwealth Citizens who Transfer Rs.5/- Million worth of Foreign Exchange: Section 20 of PCA 1951
(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)Persons holding Naturalization Certificate issued under the Naturalizatio Act, 1926 (Section 9 of PCA 1951)
(Following documents are required other than those mentioned in the form.)
  • Application on Form ‘E’ duly attested by notary public/magistrate (in quadruplicate) to be submitted in Directorate General of Immigration & Passports or Federal Government (i.e. Ministry of Interior).
  • Certificate of Naturalization under NA 1926.
  • Certificate that applicant has taken the oath of allegiance to the Constitution of Pakistan within prescribed period under Section 6 of NA 1926.
  • Fee amounting to Rs.400/-.
  • 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 Pakistan Citizen:
(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 to the Federal Government (i.e. Ministry of Interior).

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.

(ii)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 concerned departments for verification. Application to other concerned departments shall be send only after completion of required aggregate stay in Pakistan.

(iii)Issuance of Citizenship Certificate:
After the official process and approval of the competent authority the Citizenship certificate has to be issued through concerned RPOs or Directorate General of Immigration & Passports.
NOTE: Applicants are advised to get their foreign passports renewed from concerned authorities and get their visas/extensions renewed until receipt of Pakistan Citizensip Certificate.

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 in the quarter of every year with Pakistan Mission abroad annually.

Dual Nationality
Government of Pakistan has dual nationality arrangements with following 18 countries.
Name of Country
Name of Country
1United Kingdom10Egypt
6Australia15United States of America
7New Zealand16Sweden
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:

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. Also enclose copies of those childrens Birth Certificates/NICOP/Pakistan Passports.
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: after three months of submission of your application.

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  1. What is the procedure of a Pakistani female marries a foreign make. Then what will be the procedure of getting nationality

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