Botswana’s Immigration and Citizenship office has introduced a Botswana Blue Card which allows persons who have renounced citizenship to retain the right to unlimited stay in the country.
The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs on Thursday said the card holders will have the right to visit, live and work in Botswana.
“However, they will not be entitled to Omang (national identification card) and Botswana passport,” said the statement from authorities.
The Authorities further said only persons who are citizens of Botswana by birth or descent prior to renunciation of 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,” reads part of the statement.
In addition, children born after the Botswana Blue Card holder has renounced Botswana citizenship do not qualify for the Botswana Blue Card.
Last year, Botswana put on halt plan to pass into law a Dual Citizenship Bill after discovering the proposed development had potential to negatively affect 34 pieces of legislation that fall under the purview of various ministries.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.