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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INDIA – Increased Penalties for Late Registration and Late Visa Extension

Effective immediately, the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has revised its penalty fees for late registration of foreign nationals, and for submission of visa extensions after visa expiry.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by LawQuest.

QATAR – 30-Day Visa on Arrival Can Only Be Extended Online

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced that visitors who have entered Qatar on a 30-day tourist visa on arrival and who wish to extend their stay for another 30 days must do so via a new online portal, rather than through the Airport Passports Department.

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QATAR – 30-Day Visa on Arrival Can Only Be Extended Online

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INDONESIA – Five-Year Multiple-Entry Visitor Visas Now Available

Effective 28 June 2016, foreign nationals can apply for a multiple-entry visitor visa (Visa Kunjungan) valid for five years, rather than for just one year, as previously.

Another change is that former Indonesian citizens and their families with multiple-entry visitor visas can now have their initial 60-day stay permit extended twice for 60 days each time, for a total stay of 180 days before they have to leave the country and re-enter (under the same five-year multiple-entry visitor visa).

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INDONESIA – Five-Year Multiple-Entry Visitor Visas Now Available

This news alert was prepared using information provided by PNB Immigration Law Firm.