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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.

Action Points

  • 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.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Kaplan & Stratton.

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 © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.