Obtain Solomon Islands Citizenship
The process of obtaining Solomon Islands citizenship falls under the auspices of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Citizenship Act enables the acquisition of citizenship through adoption and dual citizenship including by way of renunciation. Provided here below is the process to apply for citizenship.
The criteria for approving application(s) for Solomon Islands Citizenship by the Citizenship Commission under the Citizenship Act 2018 is:
- The applicant must be 18 years or over.
- He/she must be an ordinary resident in the Solomon Islands at the time of his/her application.
- The applicant must have resided in the country for a total of five (5) years before applying for Citizenship.
- He/she is likely to continue residing or maintaining a close and continuing relationship with the Solomon Islands.
- Understand the nature of the application.
- He/she is of good character with a clean Police Record.
- He/she possesses knowledge of English, Pidgin or a vernacular of the Solomon Islands that is sufficient for normal conversational purposes.
- He/she respects the culture and way of life of the Solomon Islands and understands the rights, privileges, responsibilities and duties of Citizenship.
Citizenship Resumption by a Solomon Islander by Birth
The criteria for application for Citizenship Resumption by a Solomon Islander by birth is:
- A person who has lost or renounced his or her Solomon Islands Citizenship is eligible to apply for Birth Resumption Citizenship.
- At least one of the applicant’s parents, grandparents or great grandparents is or was a birth Citizen of the Solomon Islands.
- Applicant must be 18 years or over.
Application for Renunciation
The criteria for application for Renunciation is:
- Applicant must be 18 years and above.
- Applicant must be a National or Citizen of another country.
- Applicant needs to renounce his or her citizenship of the Solomon Islands in order to become a national/citizen of another country, and will become a national/citizen of another country immediately after approval.
When applying for Solomon Islands Citizenship, the following procedures are to be followed:
- An application form is to be collected from the Citizenship Secretariat and to be filled by the applicant. Upon completing the form, it must be submitted back to the secretariat together with the required documents and the prescribed fee.
- After the Secretariat processes the application and is satisfied that all necessary documents and information supporting the application are produced and have met the criteria, it is then put forward to the Citizenship Commission for deliberation.
- After the Citizenship Commission makes its decision on the application, the applicant is informed of the decision whether his or her application is approved, deferred or rejected.
- If the application is approved, the Citizenship certificate will be signed and then issued.
- If the commission rejects the application, the applicant can lodge an appeal to the Review Board. The applicant must state reasons why he or she does not agree with the Citizenship Commission’s decision.
- The Review Board can uphold the Commission’s decision or approve the appeal.
- The Review Board will convey its decision to the Citizenship Commission and the Secretariat will then inform the applicant about the outcome of his or her appeal application. If the appeal is approved, then certificates will be prepared, signed and issued.
Checklist of required documents
Upon applying for Solomon Islands citizenship, the following documentation must be produced:
- Completed application form
- Medical Report
- Police clearance report
- Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate
- Consent letter from spouse
- Consent letter from employer (If employed)
- Original Valid Passport
- Birth Certificate/Certificate of Declaration
- Two (2) passport size photos
- Certified copy of work permit
- Certified copy of Residence permit
- Certified copy of current bank statement
- Citizenship Fee Receipt
All of the above documents are important and must be submitted along with the completed application form. Failing to provide all necessary documents will result in the application being considered as incomplete and ineligible for deliberation by the Citizenship Commission.
Any document(s) written in a foreign language other than English must be translated. The Commissioner of Oath must certify a translated copy before it can be considered as acceptable.
The completed application form with required documents can be forwarded to the following address:
Secretariat / Citizenship Commission / Civil Affairs Division
Ministry of Home Affairs
P.O. Box G11,
Phone: (+677) 28602
The fees to be charged in respect of the Citizenship Act 2018 are specified as follows: