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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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.
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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

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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!

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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!

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.