October 23, 2014
Announced in the beginning of October, Kenya’s new Director of Immigration, Major General Gordon Kihalangwa, has dismantled the work permit review committee. This committee traditionally met on a weekly basis to approve or reject permit applications (the final stage of the work permit process). Since the pending applications still require this committee’s approval under current regulations, no work permits have been issued since late September.
The Kenyan authorities are still accepting and processing incoming applications; however, until a new committee is formed, all applications will be placed on hold upon reaching the final review stage. At this moment, no plans have been disclosed indicating that another type of review process will be implemented instead.
It is unknown when a new committee will be installed, and further delays should be expected once final processing commences again due to the significant backlog in filed applications. In the meantime, employees may obtain a Special Pass that will provide short-term work authorization of up to 90 days. However, it should be noted that these Special Passes cannot be renewed.
Pro-Link GLOBAL will continue to monitor the situation and provide our clients with work into Kenya with any further updates on the subject.