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



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!

Eligibility for Permanent Residency/ Citizenship – Jun 6, 2013

Travel MixEligibility for Permanent Residency/ Citizenship

LAWFUL RESIDENT: If you have been a resident in Kenya for a period of SEVEN years immediately preceding the date of application for Permanent Residence or Citizenship and have been so resident under authority of an entry permit or exemption, you are eligible for obtaining either Permanent Residency in Kenya or Citizenship.

MARRIAGE: If you have been married to a citizen of Kenya for a period of at least SEVEN years, you are also eligible for Permanent Residency in Kenya or Citizenship.

The differences:
As a Permanent Resident, you cannot;
• Own a Kenyan Passport
• Own a Kenyan ID
• Vote
• Own Agricultural land

An applicant for Citizenship is required to;
• Be able to understand and speak Kiswahili or local dialect (basic)
• Have adequate knowledge of Kenya and of duties and rights of citizens as contained in the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act
• Understand the nature of the application
(The above 3 requirements will most likely have to be demonstrated before a Citizenship Advisory Committee)

For information on application fees and requirements, kindly contact us directly from this website via our contact form on the “contact us” page.