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KENYA – [UPDATED] Police Clearance Certificate Requirement Suspended

UPDATE As of Wednesday 4 October 2017, the recently enforced requirement to submit police clearance certificates in support of applications for work permits and passes has been suspended until further notice.

Effective 2 October 2017, the Kenyan Department of Immigration Services began enforcing a requirement that original police clearance certificates (PCC) must be submitted in support of initial and renewal applications for all work permit and pass types, including Class D work permits, Dependent Passes and Student Passes.

What exactly is the requirement?

  • All applicants aged 18 years and above must obtain a police clearance certificate from their country of residence.
  • For renewal applications, if the applicant is currently in Kenya, they can obtain the PCC from Nairobi Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
  • If the PCC is not in English, any translated version will need to be legalised.

Action Items

  • Companies employing foreign nationals in Kenya should contact an immigration specialist to check the latest documentary requirements.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Kaplan Stratton and Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.