What is the change? Kenya will launch an online application system Tuesday, replacing manual paper submissions for work passes and other immigration-related applications.

What does the change mean? The “electronic Foreign Nationals Services,” or eFNS, portal should streamline the application process, reduce processing times and allow users to track the status of their applications online.

  • Implementation time frame: March 1.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits; all passes, including re-entry passes; permanent resident permits; alien registration; extensions of visas.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals in Kenya submitting applications with the Department of Immigration Services.
  • Impact on processing times: Once implemented, the online system is expected to significantly improve processing times.
  • Business impact: The online system will not change existing eligibility criteria or vetting procedures, but should improve the overall process, give employers the ability to track their applications, and reduce wait times.
  • Next steps: The online system is available at this webpage.

BAL Analysis: The electronic platform is a welcome development. As with all new systems, users should anticipate a transition period and possible delays.

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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