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

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!

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!

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.

Correction for the Class I Work Permit – May 24, 2013

10898173-piece-of-paper-with-immigration-sign-or-word-on-itCorrection for the Class I Work Permit

The following Permit is now available to those BELOW 35 years of age;

• Class I – Issued to a member of a missionary society approved by the Government of Kenya and whose presence is beneficial to the country.

The only permit NOT available to those below 35 years of age is the;

• Class K (Retiring in Kenya) – Issued to a person who has an assured income derived from sources outside and undertakes not to accept paid employment of any kind.

For more information on immigration matters or assistance with your application process, reach us at fathershandltd@hotmail.com, 0737280440 or directly from the contact form on the “Contact Us” page.

Work Permit Class/Type Changes – May 7, 2013

18BGINDIAN_PASSPOR_1398299fWork Permit Class/Type Changes

For those of you about to apply for/ renew your Work Permit, please note that there have been changes to the type of Work Permit classes so be aware you do not apply for the wrong Class:

  • Class A – Issued to persons who intend to engage in prospecting for minerals or mining
  • Class B – Issued to persons wishing to invest in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
  • Class C – Issued to persons wishing to practice certain prescribed professions, e.g. Journalism, Doctor, etc (for this you must have proof of membership to the prescribed profession here in Kenya including the necessary licenses)
  • Class D – Issued to a person who is offered specific employment by a specific employer who is qualified to undertake that employment
  • Class F – Issued to investors in the manufacturing sector
  • Class G – Issued to investors in trade or business (other than a prescribed profession)
  • Class I – Issued to a member of a missionary society approved by the Government of Kenya and whose presence is beneficial to the country. Only eligible to those 35 and above years of age
  • Class K – Issued to a person who has an assured income derived from sources outside and undertakes not to accept paid employment of any kind (this is for retirees). Only eligible to those 35 and above years of age
  • Class M – Issued to conventional Refugees

Kindly note the processing fees and costs are different for each application. Also note renewals are now required to be done 3 months prior to the expiry date of your current work permit.

For more information, feel free to contact us directly from this website via our contact form on the “Contact Us” page.

We look forward to serving you!