By Norman Katende FOREIGNERS who want to get Ugandan citizenship will have to pay $500 (about sh975,000), according to the directorate of citizenship and immigration control at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Ugandans in the diaspora will also be required to pay $400 (about sh760,000) to regain their citizenship, while citizenship by registration will cost $1,000 (about sh1.9m). We have taken so many things in considering the new rates. We are also looking at harmonisation of work permit fees and others with the cost in other East African Community and international standards, the public relations officer immigration of the department, Eunice Kisembo said yesterday. The passport fee has been raised from sh50, 000 to sh80,000 starting October 19, when the new changes come into effect. We have not revised the passport fee for 12 years despite the increment in the administrative and operation costs, said Kisembo. The new release also saw the re-introduction of multiple visa fees that had been suspended in 2005 due to abuse by holders. We have done this to weed out unserious investors and undesirable expatriate employees. What we are looking at is to make foreign investment beneficial to national development, she added. The department has also instituted fines to curb illegal expatriates.The revisions follow the approval of the new citizenship and immigration act passed early this year.