What is the change? Kenya’s Department of Immigration has announced a new work permit verification effort.

What does the change mean? Foreign nationals who hold work permits will be required to appear in person to provide biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) at the Department of Immigration Services in Nairobi (Nyayo House).

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate. The work permit verification drive will run between now and July 21.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits.
  • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals working in Kenya.
  • Business impact: Businesses should ensure that foreign workers are aware of the drive and are encouraged to have employees complete work permit verification processes as soon as possible.

Background: Kenya launched the program in an ongoing effort to ensure that the country’s immigration programs are not abused.

Foreign workers will be required to appear in person at the Department of Immigration Services in Nairobi between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. They should bring (1) their original work permit, (2) a valid endorsement on their passport, (3) a foreign certificate (alien card) or waiting card, (4) a Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) PIN certificate, and (5) receipts for payment for work permit fees. Workers will have their biometrics taken and those who have their work permits verified should expect to be issued an electronic permit that will allow them to continue working.

The work permit verification process is part of a series of measures Kenya is taking to tighten up its immigration programs.

BAL Analysis: Work permit holders are encouraged to complete verification and biometric processes as soon as possible. Those who fail to do so risk having their work authorization canceled. BAL is available to answer questions about the process, help obtain documentation and accompany work permit holders to their meetings in Nairobi.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Kenya. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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