The Kenyan Department of Immigration Services (DIS) has recently published an updated list of documents that must accompany the application of each type of Kenyan work permit. Specifically, the Class D work permits have gained many more requirements. Class D work permits are granted to foreign workers employed by a specific employer and sponsored by a Kenyan entity. The Kenyan sponsor must prove that a Kenyan worker could not be recruited for the position for which the foreign worker is applying to fill. Applicants are now required to submit the following information: the name of a Kenyan understudy; certified copies of his/her academic certificates; and his/her full contact details, including address, email, and mobile phone number. It should be noted that a failure to submit complete information may result in the application’s rejection by the DIS. This tightening of requirements follows a movement towards localizing the labor force and attempting to have Kenyan workers take over jobs currently held by foreign workers.

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