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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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!

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

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!