Foreign National Certificate Registration

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Foreign Nationals Services ( eFNS)
This is to inform the General Public that as from 1st March 2016, all Foreign Nationals Services i.e Permits & Passes, Aliens Card, Permanent Residence & Kenya Citizenship Applications must now be filled and submitted online via

We are in a position to fill and submit online applications on behalf of our clients using our Agency Immigration Account. If you would like to use our services kindly CONTACT US.

Why should a someone register as an Alien?
It is a legal requirement and failure to do so will attract a fine or imprisonment.

Who should register as an Alien?
Any visitor to Kenya who is over 18 years of age and if his/her stay in Kenya exceeds 90 days from the date of entry.

How long does it take to process the Aliens Card?
It takes at least 5 weeks to process the card (usually much longer).

What is the maximum validity of the Aliens card?
Two (2) years

What happens in the case of losing the aliens card?

  1. One should apply for a replacement at a fee of Sh 2,000
  2. Online Form duly filled and signed
  3. 2 passport size photographs
  4. Fingerprints to be redone

Can I collect the card for someone?
The applicant is required to come in person for the card or a written authority from the applicant.

Please CONTACT US for more information of the requirements needed to apply for an Alien ID.


36 thoughts on “Foreign National Certificate Registration

  1. Rashid says:

    Am a ugandan, i leave here wanted to renew my alien card but they told be i need to have a work permit. If you are an artist in kenya how do you get a work permit yet you are not employed.

  2. Liz says:

    Is it possible to get alien ID within less than 5 weeks? Can you recommend any agency that can do that for a person at a fee. Thanks

  3. Hope Nkeiru says:

    I am a Nigerian, I got a Job with an NGO in Kenya, they sent the alien form to me demanding a processing fee of USD $300. and they said it will be ready by 15 September. please I want to know if this is a scam and should I send the money

    • fathershandltd says:

      Dear Hope,

      Thank you for contacting us. All immigration processing fees can be found via or The immigration processing fee for an Alien ID is ksh2050. Perhaps they are charging you for their services to process your alien ID on your behalf. Clarify with the NGO what all the charges are for and why. Show them that you are aware of the immigration processing fees for an Alien ID.

  4. Mpirima Christopher says:

    I’m a Ugandan my boss gave two months vacation i would like to study one month driving course in Kenya driving schools does it need to register for aliens identity card yet I’m going to stay in Kenya for less than 90 days?

  5. korea says:

    i arrived kenya 2006! my problem was my mother took me to a refugee camp i came to nairobi for education and work right now i cant get kenyan ID neither i dont have any help from the refugee help me an idea how i can get an ID

    • fathershandltd says:

      Thank you for contacting us. You can apply for an Alien ID via the following link;

      Once you open the link, create an account, select the Foreign National Registration, and you will find the requirement list and the appropriate online form. You will then fill out the form, print the form, and submit it to Nyayo House, along with the required documents. The officers at Nyayo House will guide you through the procedure.

  6. Srikanth says:

    hi.. i got alien card but
    when im appying driving license throw online
    its showing ur id was not valid… i dnt knw what is tha reason… can u help me

    • fathershandltd says:

      Thank you for contacting us. Your Alien ID may not have been synced into the ecitizen system. Visit the third floor at Nyayo House (turn left on the third floor) to have your Alien ID verified. After a few days, you should be in a position to apply for the driver’s license.

  7. Adams G says:

    I am a Kenyan citizen living in Canada. I have a Kenyan driver’s License but I have no national ID. I used my passport to register for my drivers license.
    I am unable to register with eCitizen because I do not have an ID.
    Is there any way I can renew my drivers license using my passport? as of now I am unable to travel back to complete the process of getting an ID.
    I currently have a Kenyan passport but a foreign ID.
    Please advise.
    Thank you.

    • fathershandltd says:

      Dear Adam,

      Thank you for contacting us. The new online system requires an ID, not a passport, to renew driver’s licenses. Since you do not have a national ID, you can use your foreign ID (Alien ID) to renew your driver’s license. You will have to approach the renewal procedure as a foreigner.

  8. Ragu says:

    I was in kenya 5 years back and then left the country again I came back and joined in a company. I got the workpermit. I want to get the alien card but I don’t have the previous one. what to do. Is it necessary to have the old alien card. I don’t have copy also. Pl advice.

    • fathershandltd says:

      Dear Ragu,

      Thank you for contacting us. You can make a fresh Alien application without the copy of the old card. Fortunately, your file number is the same number that will be used for all your Alien Cards. Nyayo House, should have you logged into their file system. If they need a copy of the old card, they should be in a position to retrieve that information. It is something that you should not need to be concerned about. Apply online as a new Alien application, rather than a renewal.

  9. Kelly says:

    Hi, my fiance is Ugandan and I would like her to receive an alien ID, however I am not certain of the process and especially the class of permit or pass she should get. Kindly assist.

  10. Daniel says:

    Thanks, You say that the Alien I.d lasts for Two years how…?
    I got mine and it expires the same day with my Vis’ts Visa permit…
    Y, and yet I paid the money for it to last for two year…
    Advice me please am Confused…
    How did you make it… Will it be remain in system for two years as I registered or What?

    • fathershandltd says:

      Hi Daniel, Alien ID’s are given for the same duration of the document you are receiving from Immigration. Alien Id’s are given when 1) you are renewing a 3 month visitor visa, 2) Upon Approval of an Entry Permit, or 3) Upon approval of a Pass. The reason your Alien ID expired the same day as your visitor’s visa is because you automatically received an Alien Id when you renewed your Visitor Visa. In order to get an Alien ID for 2 years, you must apply for either a 2 year Entry Permit or a 2 year Pass (Alien ID’s are NOT given for Special Passes). To see the list of Entry Permits that you can apply for, visit this page; To see the list of Passes, visit this page; For future queries, feel free to reach us directly at

  11. sylvester says:

    I have stayed in kenya for 1 year plus and don’t have a permit yet only tourist visa and extension. I need to do a permit urgently. I am a missionary here in kenya just came across your site .please help

  12. Joanitah says:

    Came from Uganda to Just apply for college and go back but unfortunately College was starting in two weeks time so I didn’t bother to go back in Uganda I just stayed and joined Colleg. I didn’t know visa extention applied for East Africans till recent when I went to pick money from western union and the cashier told me my stay is expired I need an alien card… please help me Know how much it is plus requirements because I have been heare for Six months.

  13. Shapyah says:

    we applied for an Alien card on February,25 2016 but its not yet out and yet we need to apply for the KRA PIN certificate.what do I do

    • fathershandltd says:

      Dear Shapayah,

      Thank you for contacting us. You could visit the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) office, within the Foreign Nationals department, to inquire about the progress of your card. Usually, NSSF prints the cards and sends them to Nyayo House. Additionally, we were informed that the machine used to print the cards was being updated. This could be the cause of the delay. If this is still the case, you may have to keep waiting until the machine is ready for use. If you would like our assistance through this process, kindly send us an email and we will inform you of our charges.

      Let me know if you have any further queries.

    • fathershandltd says:

      Dear Sir,

      Thank you for contacting us. Go to the third floor at Nyayo House, towards the offices on the left, and ask the officers there for assistance. This is where the issue will be rectified. It should appear on the ecitizen online system between 1-2 weeks.

      If you have any further queries, send an email to

  14. Joel says:

    I am a refugee. I have stayed in Kenya for more than ten year. my request for a refugee mandate was rejected by UNHCR. I live in a refugee camp as an asylum seeker. Please advice on how I can register for a valid identification document.

    • fathershandltd says:

      Dear Sunil,

      Thank you for contacting us. I would like further details from you so that I can understand your case better and assist you further. However, from the information you have provided, it appears that your wife’s Alien is expiring due to her current permit also expiring. An Alien Card is usually given to individuals for the same duration of their permit. In order for your wife to renew her Alien Card, she will need to renew her permit so that she can be permitted to renew her Alien ID. Kindly send an email to to send your further queries.

    • fathershandltd says:

      Dear Shahrooh,

      Thank you for contacting us. One method of finding out whether your Alien ID is in the system is by registering a foreign resident account online via this link;
      If your Alien ID is in the system, it will be recognized, allowing you to apply for the various services on ecitizen. Let us know if you have any further queries.

  15. anonymous says:

    What if one couldn’t apply for alien card even though he/she stayed in Kenya for more than 5 months after getting extension to the tourist visa. Is it possible to apply for it after 5 months during the validity of the tourist visa to avoid any problem on leaving the country? Please advise.

    • fathershandltd says:

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      When you go for extension of your visa, that is when they automatically register you for your Alien Id. So you have actually been registered. The ID card arrives after 1 month so if you go to Nyayo House, the card might be ready. Note that the ID card will only last as long as your visa. THE ID CARD GIVES YOU NO LEGALITY TO REMAIN IN THE COUNTRY. Your tourist visa is what gives you legality to remain in the country so you must leave Kenya BEFORE your visa expires in order to avoid trouble at the airport. Note that immigration is no longer renewing tourist visas past 6 months.

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