The objectives of Ethiopian Origin ID card

  •  By identifying foreign nationals of Ethiopian Origin who have acquired foreign nationality due to their life circumstances  or other factors, entitle them to various rights and privileges by lifting the legal restrictions imposed on them when they lost their Ethiopian nationals.
  • In order to create a legal framework whereby persons of Ethiopian Origin fulfil their contribution to the development and prosperity of their country of origin. 

For further detail reading on detail procedures, requirements, fees etc. refer to (Proclamation No. 270/2002 and Regulation No. 101/2004)

The objectives of Ethiopian Origin ID card

  •  By identifying foreign nationals of Ethiopian Origin who have acquired foreign nationality due to their life circumstances  or other factors, entitle them to various rights and privileges by lifting the legal restrictions imposed on them when they lost their Ethiopian nationals.
  • In order to create a legal framework whereby persons of Ethiopian Origin fulfil their contribution to the development and prosperity of their country of origin. 

For further detail reading on detail procedures, requirements, fees etc. refer to (Proclamation No. 270/2002 and Regulation No. 101/2004)

Rights of the holder of the ID card

  • S/he shall not be required to have an entry visa or residence permit to live in Ethiopia;
  • S/he shall have the right to be employed in Ethiopia without a work permit;
  • S/he shall not be subjected to the exclusion that applies to foreign nationals; regarding coverage of pension scheme under the relevant pension law; and
  • The children of the holder of the ID card who are under the age of 18 shall have the right to enjoy facilities granted.

Exceptions

  • S/he shall have no right to vote or be elected to any office at any level of Government
  • S/he shall have no right to be employed on a regular basis in the National Defense, Security, Foreign Affairs and other similar political establishments.

Authority Issuance the ID card

  •  The ID card shall be issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when abroad and by the Authority for Security, Immigration and Refugee Affairs when in Ethiopia

Processing Ethiopian Origin ID Card

-  All applications must be made in person
-  Applicants must submit two completed ID card application forms
-  Four recent passport-size colour photograph, glued to the application form
-  Proof of Ethiopian Origin- 

Accepted nationality support documents issued in Ethiopia are:

  • Old or damaged previous Passport  (if available)
  • Birth certificate
  • ID Cards (from: kebele, and known other Institutions)
  • A letter of community membership or ID authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia
  • Bank Book
  • Marriage certificates
  • Educational Certifications that state Nationality
  • Social Security Documentation (Pension payment certificate)
  • Court decision documents

-  Car and fixed asset (i.e. land and buildings) property ownership documents and other similar evidentiary documents which state Ethiopian nationality.
- Passport for current nationality or valid travel document issued by the country

Other Applicants

If applicant has children under the age of 18, he/she has to produce:

    • Passport,
    • Birth Certificate and
    •  Two current colour passport size photographs of each child \attached with his/her application for ID card.

If applicant has a spouse of foreign national, he/she has to produce:

    • Passport,
    • Marriage certificate and
    • Two current colour passport size photographs of each child attached with his/her application for ID card.

Returning an Ethiopian Origin ID Card

A person wishing to return an Ethiopian Origin ID card should complete the following steps.

  • Fill out and submit the appropriate form.
  • Submit a signed letter that the card is being returned willingly
  • Return ID cards belonging to all other family members

Validity of the Identification Card

  • An identification card issued shall be renewable every five year since the date of its issuance

Service fees

  •  A fee of US $100(One Hundred American Dollar) or an equivalent sum of the local currency where the applicant reside of if an applicant is in Ethiopia an equivalent Ethiopian Birr on the basis of the applicable exchange rate shall be payable for the issuance of the identification Card.
  • A fee of US $40 (Forty American Dollar) or an equivalent sum of the local currency where the applicant reside of if an applicant is in Ethiopia an equivalent Ethiopian Birr on the basis of the applicable exchange rate shall be payable for the renewal of an Identification Card
  • A fee of US $60 (One Hundred American Dollar) or an equivalent sum of the local currency where the applicant reside of if an applicant is in Ethiopia an equivalent Ethiopian Birr on the basis of the applicable exchange rate shall be payable for the replacement of a lost or damaged Identification Card of Ethiopian Origin. A person wishing to replace his/ her lost or damaged ID card should fill out and submit the appropriate form and provide a police record or affidavit attesting to the loss of the card.