KENYA – In-Country Work Permits Suspended [UPDATED]

As of 10 December 2018, the Kenyan government has issued a directive suspending the in-country issuance of work permits and visa extensions. Once implemented, applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national is outside Kenya. Upon the expiry of a permit or pass, the foreign national will be required to leave the country until the permit or pass is renewed and issued.

[UPDATE] As of 14 January 2019, this directive has not yet been implemented. However, increased scrutiny is being given to all applications with more stringent vetting of approvals for permits and passes. Approvals will only be given for positions where it is clearly demonstrated that there is no local skill-set available or that the sponsoring entity has taken genuine steps to train Kenyan understudies.

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KENYA – Pilot of digital biometric registration system

The Department of Immigration Services (DIS) is currently piloting a new digital Biometric Foreigner Registration (BFR) process alongside the existing manual biometric registration system for Foreign Nationals Certificate (“Alien Card”) applications.

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KENYA – Pilot of digital biometric registration system

This news alert was prepared using information provided by IKM Advocates.

KENYA – All Work Permits Must Be Verified

Every foreign national in Kenya who is the holder of a work permit is required to visit the Immigration Department to have their documents verified between 21 May 2018 and 21 July 2018.

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KENYA – All Work Permits Must Be Verified

This news alert was prepared using information provided by IBN Immigration Solutions and Kaplan & Stratton.

KENYA – Police Clearance Certificates Required for All Work Permit and Pass Applications

Effective 2 October 2017, original police clearance certificates (PCC) must be submitted in support of initial and renewal applications for all work permit and pass types.

This includes short-term Special Passes, long-term Class D work permits, Dependent Passes and Student Passes.

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KENYA – New Online Immigration Application System Launched

Effective 2 March 2016, foreign nationals applying for immigration documents must use the new electronic Foreign Nationals Services (eFNS) portal.

However, the online portal is not yet fully operational, and manual applications may still be necessary in some cases.

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KENYA – New Online Immigration Application System Launched

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Kaplan & Stratton.

KENYA – Electronic Visa System Replaces Visa on Arrival

Effective 1 September 2015, foreign nationals requiring a single-entry visa for travel to Kenya for business or tourism, or a transit visa, are now required to obtain an eVisa online before travel, rather than applying manually for a visa on arrival in Kenya.

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KENYA – Electronic Visa System Replaces Visa on Arrival

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Kaplan & Stratton.