KENYA – Work Permit Issuances Suspended
The issuance of work permits has been suspended, as the new Director of Immigration, Major General Gordon Kihalangwa, has disbanded the committee which sits to deliberate over work permit applications.
Therefore, although the immigration department is still accepting work permit applications, no new work permits will be issued until a new committee is constituted.
When a new committee is eventually reinstated it is likely that there will be significant delays due to the backlog of applications.
Those applicants who urgently need work authorisation may apply for Special Passes, which have not been affected. A Special Pass enables business or short term work activities in Kenya for a period of up to 90 days.
- Any applicant who urgently needs work authorisation should apply for a Special Pass.
- Delays in work permit processing should be expected even after the new committee is formed.