Kenya – Strict Enforcement of Special Pass, Work Permit Application Update

Posted on July 12, 2019

As reported earlier, applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national worker is outside Kenya.  Special pass applications are being strictly scrutinized and rejected if the authorities believe the applicant will stay long term or if the… Read more »

Kenya – In-Country Work Permits Suspended Indefinitely [UPDATED]

Posted on December 27, 2018

Effective immediately, the Kenyan government has suspended indefinitely the issuance of work permits and passes to foreign nationals who are already in Kenya, and has limited visa extensions. Applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national worker… Read more »

Kenya – In Country Applications no longer Accepted

Posted on September 7, 2018

Effective August 24, 2018, foreign nationals must now apply for work authorization before entering Kenya.  The Kenyan government will no longer issue special passes or work permits for foreign nationals who are applying in country.  Renewal applications may be applied… Read more »

Kenya – All Work Permits Must Be Verified

Posted on June 5, 2018

Every foreign national in Kenya who is the holder of a work permit is required to visit the Immigration Department to have their documents verified between May 21, 2018 and July 21, 2018. What exactly is required? The holders should… Read more »

KENYA – New Online Immigration Application System Launched

Posted on March 4, 2016

Effective March 2, 2016, foreign nationals applying for immigration documents must use the new electronic Foreign Nationals Services (eFNS) portal. However, the online portal is not yet fully operational, and manual applications may still be necessary in some cases. Which applications… Read more »

KENYA – Electronic Visa System Replaces Visa on Arrival

Posted on September 11, 2015

Effective 1 September 2015, foreign nationals requiring a single-entry visa for travel to Kenya for business or tourism, or a transit visa, are now required to obtain an eVisa online before travel, rather than applying manually for a visa on… Read more »

KENYA – Registration Required Prior to Work Permit Endorsement

Posted on August 14, 2015

Effective immediately, Kenya’s Department of Immigration Services is requiring foreign workers to register prior to having their work permit endorsed. Once their work permit is issued, foreign nationals must schedule an appointment to register as foreigners. During this in-person appointment,… Read more »

KENYA – Visa Applications Must be Completed Online

Posted on June 26, 2015

All foreign visitors, including business visitors, who require a visa to enter Kenya must now apply online starting on July 1st, 2015. Once the applicants complete the online visa application, they will be issued an electronic visa to print-out and… Read more »

KENYA – Long Term Work Permits are Experiencing Processing Delays

Posted on June 5, 2015

The Department of Immigration Services (DIS) in Kenya is experiencing delays in processing long term work permits for foreign nationals. The majority of the delays are occurring during the file-opening stages for new and renewal applications and also during the… Read more »

KENYA – Foreign Employees Must Have Work Authorization to Enter Country

Posted on January 23, 2015

Kenya’s new Security Laws (Amendment) Act went into effect on December 22nd, 2014. The new act requires that foreign nationals apply for and obtain work authorization from the Department of Immigration Services prior to entering Kenya. After the application for… Read more »