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What is the change? The Kenyan Directorate of Immigration has announced that all applications for work permits and passes that are submitted beginning next week must include a police clearance certificate from the applicant’s country of origin or residence.
What does the change mean? Foreign nationals must now additionally submit a police clearance certificate, from their home country or from their country of residence, in support of any work permit or pass application.
Background: Foreign nationals undertaking work activities in Kenya are required to have either a Special Pass (short-term work permit) or a Class D Permit (long-term work permit). Family members accompanying foreign nationals with Class D Permits must apply for either a Dependent Pass or, if of school-age, Student Pass from the Directorate of Immigration. The additional document requirement relates to all these application types, both initial and renewal applications, starting Monday.
BAL Analysis: Employers in Kenya should be aware of the new requirement for a foreign national police clearance certificate and aim to obtain this additional document early in the immigration process to avoid delays.
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