Nationality ministry introduces Blue Card

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The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs has released a statement saying that government has introduced the Botswana Blue Card (BBC) with immediate effect.

The Botswana Blue Card will allow persons who have renounced Botswana citizenship to retain the right to unlimited stay in Botswana. 

Botswana Blue Card holders will have the right to visit, live and work in Botswana. However, they will not be entitled to Omang and Botswana passport. 

The general requirements for application are that interested applicants should complete the application form for the Botswana Blue Card at any immigration office or Botswana embassies. 


The applicants are also required to attach a certified copy of a valid passport, attach a certified copy of renunciation certificate (Botswana citizenship), enclose two coloured passport-size photographs, attach a certified copy of acquired citizenship and pay a non-refundable fee of P3,000 upon submission of the application.

Only persons who were citizens of Botswana by birth or by descent prior to renunciation of their Botswana citizenship qualify to apply for the Botswana Blue Card.

A foreign spouse of the Botswana Blue Card holder will not qualify for the Botswana Blue Card unless they were also citizens of Botswana by birth or descent.

Children born after the Botswana Blue Card holder has renounced Botswana citizenship do not qualify for the Botswana Blue Card.

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