Certificate of Cohabitation
The Certificate of Cohabitation is issued to foreigners legally married to Rwandan citizens living in Rwanda. To obtain this certificate, applicant must first get cell letter and a copy of their Marriage certificate confirming the cohabitation of the “couple” . This certificate allows a foreigner to apply for a Rwandan Nationality. Also Rwandan citizens can use the certificate to claim for services in their spouse's country of origin (i.e. Visa, children's registration or apply for nationality). The validity of the document is 3 months from the day it has been issued.
Who can apply?
1. Foreigners living in Rwanda & legally married to a Rwandan citizen.
2. Rwandan citizens married to foreigners living in Rwanda.
1. Cell confirmation letter.
2. Marriage certificate. You can apply for it here (if occurred in Rwanda).
Step 1: Apply
i. Online: If you are not registered with Irembo, click the "Sign Up" button above and register using your National ID and the Phone number registered to your ID, OR
ii. Apply via USSD: Dial *909# and follow instructions, OR
iii. Agents: You may also approach an Irembo agent at these locations
Step 2: Payment
Once you complete application, you can directly pay online using a VISA or MasterCard card, OR select another option Mobile Money on MTN (*182#), Airtel (*182#) or Tigo (*310#) or visit a BK branch or agent close to you, and use the billing number received via SMS/Email.
Step 3: SMS/Email notification
i. Upon submission, you will receive an SMS and/or email to confirm the application and contaning the billing number to be used for payment.
ii. Upon payment, you will receive another SMS and/or email to confirm the payment. If you don't receive an SMS and/or email within 30 minutes, please call 9099 for support.
Step 4: When should you go to pick the certificate
Once the Civil Registration Officer receives your application, he/she will review and approve/reject your application and you will receive an SMS notifying you that your application has been approved/rejected and is ready for pick up. If you don’t receive an SMS within three working days after submission, please contact or visit the sector office.
Step 5: Picking the certificate
Appear before the Civil Registration Officer at the Sector office selected, with proof of payment details ready (SMS notification from Irembo or Bank Slip) and supporting documents required for this service (where applicable).