Nationality & immigration law

Nationality or citizenship status is regulated by three (03) main domestic legal instruments in Cameroon: the Nationality Code of 1968, the 1968 Decree establishing the rules of application of the Nationality Code and the Civil Status Registration Ordinance of 1981 as amended in 2011. One has to also make reference to international legal instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons (1954), the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (1951), the Convention on the Nationality of Married Women (1957), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965), the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights (1966), the African Charter on Human & People’s Rights (1981), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979), the Convention on the Right of the Child (1989), and the African Charter on the Rights & Welfare of the Child (1999).
Generally, one can become a citizen of Cameroon through one (01) of five (05) ways: by being born of Cameroonian parents, by being born on Cameroon soil, by marriage, through adoption by Cameroonian parents, and by naturalisation. Cameroonian nationality is lost by acquiring and keeping a foreign nationality, by renunciation or by refusal of allegiance.

Dayspring Law Firm advises nationals and foreigners on a wide variety of issues related to nationality laws, including the naturalisation process and obtaining citizenship, marriages with foreigners, processing requests for transcription of marriages with foreigners, dual nationality, loss of nationality, filing applications for nationality certificates, legal assistance in administrative and judicial proceedings of nationality, as well as advise on nationality status & tax law,
Our law firm equally facilitates travel abroad to a number of destinations including, but not limited to, the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Japan, and France, etc. We work in synergy with corresponding lawyers, law firms and legal practitioners to prepare and file applications for acquisition of foreign nationality.

Cameroon Immigration law is regulated by a plethora of domestic and international laws including the 1997 law on the entry, stay and exit of foreigners in Cameroon as well as its implementing Decree of 2007 as amended in 2008, the Cameroon Labour Code, a 1993 Decree laying down the conditions for the employment of foreigners in certain professions and with certain levels of professional qualification in Cameroon, and 2005 law on status of refugees in Cameroon. This framework is accompanied by international legal instruments such as ILO conventions (migrant workers, elimination of racial discrimination, etc.), etc.
Dayspring Law Firm advises clients on immigration laws, facilitating visa (temporary visa, long-stay & short-stay), letters of invitation (LOI), work permits, visa exemptions, citizenship, business travel, & residence permits and renewal of work permits, and advising foreign companies on the special labour requirements for foreign investor businesses.