Although work permit applications will still be filed with the Department of Immigration Services (DIS), employers should begin to send a copy of their foreign technology workers’ application along with the official filing receipt and any supporting documentation to the Ministry of Interior, where a special desk has been set up. As a result of Kenya’s Information Technology Department setting up this special desk at the Ministry of Interior, processing timelines should be improved for the work permit applications of foreign technology workers. This change will allow companies in the information and communication and technology (ICT) sector to get their expats in Kenya as soon as possible. It should be noted that the DIS still maintains ultimate authority over the adjudication of all work permit applications.

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