IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Kenya’s nationwide work-permit verification audit is underway, requiring all work-permit holders to appear in person at the Department of Immigration Services in Nairobi.
What does the change mean? Foreign employees should take certain precautions before appearing, including making sure they bring the correct receipt—the receipt for their electronic payment acknowledgment—and that their account profile is activated. They should also be prepared to wait in line without sitting or protection from the elements for five to six hours. Officers are not allowing anyone besides the work-permit holder to stand in line, including representatives or consultants.
Background: Kenya launched the work-permit verification drive May 21 to run for 60 days until July 21. All work-permit holders must appear in person to show the proper documents and have their fingerprints and photos taken. In the first week of the drive, authorities were operating with one computer, one fingerprint scanner and one camera. Foreign nationals who are uncertain whether their account profile is activated may go to a separate room (Room 16) where they can activate their account.
BAL Analysis: Foreign nationals registering their work permits should be prepared for long wait times and exercise patience, as military personnel are present and will remove anyone causing a disturbance.
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