PERMITS & PASSES APPLICATIONS/ PAYMENTS NOW ONLINE – April 4, 2016

From the 4th of April, 2016, payments for Entry Permits and Passes applications will now be acceptable online. All applications and payments are to be made from the following site;https://fns.immigration.go.ke/

Also note the following message from immigration:

ONLINE FOREIGN NATIONAL SERVICES
This is to inform the general public that the department is in the process of having all foreign national services go online. To ensure smooth transition we shall start to pilot with the permits and passes applications from 1st march 2016. You will be notified later when the other services like Alien Cards, Permanent Residency (PR) and Kenya Citizenship applications will commence online. Please note accordingly.

WAIVER OF VISA FEES FOR ALL CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES.
The Government Of Kenya has waived visa fees for all children aged 16 years and below who are accompanying their parents to Kenya. Effective Date 1st February 2016.

If you have an immigration agency assisting you, note that the immigration agency can apply and process payments on your/ your company’s behalf.

For assistance with Immigration matters, kindly contact us (Father’s Hand Limited) on 0714270992 or info@fathershandltd.com.

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IMMIGRATION APPLICATIONS NOW ONLINE – 25 Feb, 2016

18BGINDIAN_PASSPOR_1398299fThe below announcement has been released from Kenya Immigration:

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 will be made online via
https://fns.immigration.go.ke/

MANUAL TOURIST VISA APPLICATION AT AIRPORT NOW RUNNING CONCURRENTLY WITH E – VISA APPLICATION- 02 Oct, 2015

US PassportsDue to many issues with the online tourist visa application, Immigration has confirmed that tourists are, again, able to apply for their visas at the airport/ obtain their visas upon arrival. Those wishing to apply for visas online are also able to do so. Online visa applications can be applied at www.ecitizen.go.ke.

For information/ instructions on how to apply online, please visit the following link: http://www.immigration.go.ke/downloads/eVisa-newspaperad.pdf

Source: www.immigration.go.ke and Huduma KENYA

MANDATORY E – VISA APPLICATION TO ROLL OUT 31ST AUGUST 2015 – 5 Aug, 2015

immigration documentsThis is to inform the general public that as from the 31st August 2015, all visa applications will have to be made online via http://www.ecitizen.go.ke. The online e-Visa and the manual Visa applications will continue to run concurrently until the 31st August 2015 (Immigration may extend this date to the 30th of September, 2015).

Visas will need to have been received PRIOR travelling to Kenya. Tourists will NO LONGER be able to apply for visas upon arrival in Kenya.

For information/ instructions on how to apply online, please visit the following link: http://www.immigration.go.ke/downloads/eVisa-newspaperad.pdf

Source: http://www.immigration.go.ke and Huduma KENYA

FOREIGN NATIONAL CERTIFICATE REGISTRATION NOW PREREQUISITE TO PASSPORT ENDORSEMENT – Aug 5, 2015

10898173-piece-of-paper-with-immigration-sign-or-word-on-itApplicants for/ renewal of entry permits must note that their passports will no longer be endorsed with an entry permit until they have registered for/ renewed their Foreign National Certificate (Alien ID). The Alien ID Waiting Card is proof that one has registered (in other words, Immigration is NOT expecting one to have received the Alien ID card in order to have their passport endorsed).

Entry permits are no longer valid until one’s passport has been endorsed with the entry permit (in other words, even though an applicant has received the permit document from immigration, they can still face fines/arrest if they are caught working/ holding a permit with a non-endorsed passport).

Have a legal day  :)

Update on NewSouth Africa Visa Rule – August 19, 2014

immigration documentsThe Kenyan High Commission announced yesterday that it had suspended visa requirements for South African nationals. This means that South Africans visiting Kenya for 30 days or less will not require a visa from September 1 onwards.

However, the Deputy High Commissioner for Kenya in South Africa, Helen Gichuhi, has warned the suspension of the visas could just be a temporary reprieve. She told eTNW: “The Kenyan government and the South African government are negotiating, hence a pause as we await feedback from the negotiations.”

The Kenyan High Commission announced the visa requirement in June in reaction to the new immigration laws, including biometric requirements, the South African government imposed in the same month.

New South African Visa Rule – June 26, 2014

US PassportsThe Kenyan High Commission has announced that South African travellers wanting to visit Kenya will need a visa from September 1, 2014 (this was postponed from a previous set date, July 1, 2014).

Ordinary visa applicants travelling to or transiting through Kenya will be required to pay a service charge of R 750 ($70).

All applicants will be required to produce the following documents:

1. Return Air Ticket
2. Invitation letter from the host in the Republic of Kenya
3. Letter from employer/institution/college/school
4. Proof of funds (bank statement)
5. Applicants must appear in person for Biometrics
6. Two Passport Photographs

The processing period for the visas is strictly five (5) working days.

Holders of official or diplomatic passports travelling on Government business are not affected by these changes.

For this reason, South Africans will now be eligible to apply for Multi – Journey Visas, whereas before, this was not possible.
For more information on Multi-Journey Visas, visit this link on our website;
https://fathershandltd.com/about-us-2/multi-journey-visa/

Happy FIFA season!

Immigration’s Latest Press Release – Mar 31, 2014

Released: 13th March , 2013
Source of Information: http://www.immigration.go.ke

immigration documentsFollowing media reports in the recent past insinuating that there is a policy shift to the effect that the department does not renew Class ‘D’ work permit any longer, the department has received numerous inquiries and concerns by investors who employ expatriates.We wish to take this earliest opportunity to reassure all investors and organizations that employ or intend to employ expatriates that there is no change as far as our policy on work permits is concerned. The department continues to process applications for Class D work permits and indeed all other classes of permits on case-by-case basis. A decision to approve or reject a permit is done carefully taking into considerations the national interest and the interest of the employer or investor.In case you need any further clarification on this or this or any other service provided by the Department, do not hesitate to contact us on Tel numbers 2222022. You can also reach us by email: info@immigration.go.ke

NB.
All Cheques should be addressed to the,
Principal Secretary Ministry Of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government

Happy Monday!

LATEST IMMIGRATION UPDATE – Aug 15, 2013

immigration documentsThis is to update all that processing for the following items has resumed:

-Dependent Passes
-Pupil Passes
-Renewal of Tourist/Business Visas

– Special Passes are being processed BUT ONLY if the work that the applicant is involved in is a GOVERNMENT CONTRACTED PROJECT (Kenyan government of course). A copy of the government contract must be provided.

-The only entry permit being processed right now is the Class G work permit which is for those opening up businesses in Kenya. None of the other permits are being worked on at this time.

-The Alien Registration process never stopped and is still in process.

-Staff SUSPECT the following items might be started on next week (however none of them know for sure):
-Multi-Journey Visas
-The rest of the entry permits including Work Permits
-Special Passes (non-government)
-Citizenship and Permanent Residence Applications

Insider information states that things will be much stricter with the Class D (employment) work permit. In other words it will no longer be as easy for expatriates to get this permit as there must be thorough proof that the vacancy could not be filled by a Kenyan citizen.

There have been some positive postings about the new immigration director and her work at immigration as well as some pretty shameful ones so let’s hope the good outweighs the bad.

I will keep you posted as things move along or you can reach the immigration director directly at twitter on this address @Janewaikenda

For all your immigration needs, feel free to contact us via our contact form on the “Contact Us” page 🙂

Happy Thursday!