The Department of Immigration Services (DIS) has resumed limited processing of Class D work permits. Class D permits allow foreigners to work for a specific employer in Kenya and cover situations such as assignments and transfers. As per BAL’s news alert on Aug. 7, Class G (investor) work permits, dependent passes and pupils’ passes are also being processed. However, the actual issuance of passes is delayed. Processing for a Special Pass, which permits short-term work, is still suspended except for those who will be working on government projects. The government is also still not able to accept payment of fees for Special Passes that have already been processed.

It is not yet known when processing of Class D permits will return to normal speed. However, the fact that the approvals committee is meeting to consider some Class D work permits is seen as a positive step toward the end of the processing suspension. BAL will continue to provide updates on this situation.

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