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/

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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Entry permits are no longer valid until one’s passport has been endorsed with the entry permit (in other words, even though an applicant has received the permit document from immigration, they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  :)

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!

IMMIGRATION LEGALITY CHECKS HEIGHTENED – Oct 12, 2013

immigration documentsImmigration has heightened its efforts to check on the legality of expatriates in the country. From the month of June, immigration has been carrying out random raids/checks on foreigners for the following items;

1. If you are working or running a business, they check to see if you have the correct permit. Those found working/running a business on an incorrect permit/expired permit are immediately arrested, summoned to court and requested to either pay a hefty fine in lieu of a jail term or to face immediate deportation. Please note that all permits are required to be renewed 3 months prior to the expiry date.

2. Those residing in Kenya on an expired tourist visa. You can no longer expect to be OK residing on an expired visa. Visas need to be renewed BEFORE the expiry date.

3. Those who have been in the country for longer than 3 months, yet do not possess an Alien ID or have not applied for an Alien ID. It is a legal requirement to register as an Alien and failure to do so will attract a fine or imprisonment.

Please get your paperwork in order. The new immigration director has kept her word to ensure that her docket is up to scratch in the area of expatriates’ legality.

Have a legal day!

Temporary Immigration Shutdown Update – Aug 1, 2013

13478388-passport-being-stampedKindly be aware that the Immigration Department in Nairobi, which is the only department permitted to process permits in Kenya,  is on temporary shutdown. The newly appointed Immigration Director claims that she is restructuring staff and making improvements at Immigration. For the past 2 months, the Work Permit and Citizenship Departments have been on shutdown and 2 weeks ago, the Special Pass department, Multi-Journey Visa department and other entry permit departments were also closed for reforms.

If your visa is near expiration and you find yourself “stuck”, we have been informed that your visa can be renewed at Nyayo House if it was not previously renewed. If you have already renewed your visa, you are required to leave the country, including East Africa region, and re-enter Kenya at least after a couple of days.

Work Permit Changes For NGO/ Non-Profit Employment – Jun 24, 2013

18BGINDIAN_PASSPOR_1398299fAny applicant being employed by an NGO must now be cleared by the NGO Board to work in Kenya BEFORE they proceed to apply at Immigration. The NGO Board will provide the applicant with a clearance letter which the applicant will then include as part of the documents required for by Immigration. The same goes for Work Permit Renewals.

Note that the NGO Board meets ONCE a month to clear applicants. It is, therefore, important that applicants submit their applications way in advance of the start date of employment.

If applying for a Special Pass instead of Work Permit, the NGO Board can produce the clearance letter for the Special Pass between 2-3 working days.

Below is the process for clearance at the NGO Board;
1. A covering letter from your employer requesting for a recommendation letter for the Work Permit
2. Endorsement Form (can be found on the NGO Board Website)
3. Duly filled Application Forms 22 and 26 (can be found on the Immigration website)
4. Letter of Appointment and Contract
5. Copies of Academic/ Professional Certificates
6. Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV)
7. Copy of Applicant’s passport
8. 2 Passport size photos
9. Copy of the Advertisement of the required position (if applicable). If there was no advertisement, kindly give reason in the attached endorsement form
10. The above documents must be provided for in duplicate
11. Processing Fee will cost as follows;
a. Application for Work Permit – KES 20,000
b. Renewal of Work Permit – KES 20,000
c. Special Pass – KES 16,000
d. Appeal – KES 16,000
12. Payments by cheque or cash should be made to;
NGO CO-ORDINATION BOARD
ACCOUNT NO: 01136030582102
CO-OPERATIVE BANK
CO-OP HOUSE BRANCH

Request for more information using the contact form HERE