Non-Resident Nepali (NRN) Citizenship in Nepal (2024) Updated

This Article has covered the complete Process of obtaining NRN Citizenship in Nepal. We are an Internationally Recognized Law Firm that assist Non-Resident Nepali to obtain Citizenship.

1. Who are NRNs?

“Non-Resident Nepali” has been defined under “Non-Resident Nepali Act, 2008” as:

  • Foreign citizen of Nepalese origin – It includes a person who him/herself or whose father, mother grandfather or grandmother was a citizen of Nepal at any time and has subsequently acquired the citizenship of any other foreign country that is not a member of the South Association of Regional Cooperation (“SAARC”). 
  • Nepalese citizen residing abroad – It includes a Nepali citizen who has been residing in any foreign country for at least Two years by doing any profession, occupation, business and employment, unless he or she is a Nepalese citizen residing in a SAARC member country or serving in a diplomatic mission or consulate situated in a foreign country under the assignment of the Government of Nepal and studying in an academic institution situated in a foreign country.

2. What is NRN Citizenship?

NRN Citizenship in Nepal is provided to Non-Resident Nepali to enjoy the Economic, Social and Cultural rights (Other than political and administrative rights) within the territorial jurisdiction of Nepal. 

2.1. What are the laws governing the NRN Citizenship?

The following laws govern and regulate NRN Citizenship:

  • Constitution of Nepal
  • Nepal Citizenship Act; 2006
  • Nepal Citizenship Rules; 2006

3. Who can acquire the NRN Citizenship?

NRN Citizenship in Nepal can be acquired by following persons:

  • A person who has acquired the citizenship of a foreign country and who was previously a citizen of Nepal.
  • A foreign citizen whose father or mother, grandfather or grandmother was previously a citizen of Nepal by decent or birth and subsequently acquired the foreign citizenship.

However, a person having a foreign citizen and residing in SAARC region is not eligible to acquire NRN citizenship.

4. Where can we apply for NRN Citizenship?

For NRN Citizenship the relevant authorities are:

  • Within Nepal- District Administration Office (“DAO”) of the respective district from where Nepalese Citizenship was previously issued to the applicant or his/her parents or grandparents.
  • Abroad- In the Embassy of Nepal or Consulate General office of Nepal of the country from where the citizenship has been obtained.

5. What are the documents required for applying NRN Citizenship?

The following documents are required for applying NRN Citizenship in Nepal:

  • Application (available at DAO);
  • Copy of citizenship renunciation letter obtained after the citizenship renunciation procedure from the respective DAO;
  • Copy of citizenship of applicant’s father and mother;
  • Copy of foreign passport and citizenship of the applicant;
  • Copy of Nepalese citizenship and passport;
  • Copy of NRN card (if any);
  • PP size photo

6. What are the procedures for applying NRN Citizenship?

Step 1: Filing the application in DAO or in respective Embassy of Nepal or Consulate General  
office of Nepal along with the required document. If the application is filed in Embassy of Nepal or Consulate General office of Nepal, it is forwarded to respective District Administration Office through Ministry of Foreign Affair.

Step 2: Obtaining citizenship renunciation letter;

Step 3: Obtaining recommendation letter from the relevant Ward Office;

Step 4: Verification of the applicant by his//her Nepalese relative (sanakhat) before DAO;

Step 5: On fulfilment of all the requirement NRN citizenship shall be granted on the same day of submission of application.

7. What are the grounds for the cancelation of NRN Citizenship?

There are following grounds for the cancelation of NRN Citizenship:

  • If the NRN Citizenship was acquired by submitting false information.
  • If NRN Citizenship holder is convicted for any acts which is against independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and national interest of Nepal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications can be submitted at the District Administration Office (DAO) within Nepal or at Nepali embassies or consulate general offices abroad. Required documents include application form, citizenship renunciation letter, copies of relevant citizenships and passports, NRN card (if any), and a passport-sized photo.

The applicant must file an application with the DAO or Nepali embassy/consulate, obtain a citizenship renunciation letter, a recommendation letter from the Ward Office, undergo verification by a Nepalese relative before the DAO, and upon fulfilling all requirements, NRN citizenship is granted.

NRNs are defined as foreign citizens of Nepalese origin or Nepalese citizens residing abroad for at least two years, excluding those in SAARC countries or serving in diplomatic missions or studying in academic institutions abroad.

NRN Citizenship grants economic, social, and cultural rights within the territorial jurisdiction of Nepal, excluding political and administrative rights.

NRN Citizenship can be acquired by individuals who were previously Nepalese citizens and have acquired foreign citizenship, or by foreign citizens with Nepalese ancestry, except those residing in SAARC countries.

NRN Citizenship is regulated by the Constitution of Nepal, Nepal Citizenship Act of 2006, and Nepal Citizenship Rules of 2006.

NRN Citizenship may be canceled if obtained through false information or if the holder is convicted of acts against the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, or national interest of Nepal.

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