July 29, 2013
The Kenyan Immigration Department (KID) recently announced that they have temporarily suspended work permit processing for the foreseeable future. At the time of this writing, the suspension affects long-term (Class D Permit) and short-term (Special Pass) work permit applications, as well as renewal, citizenship, and permanent resident application processing. It is reported, however, that dependent and pupil (student) applications are still being processed by KID; however, it is probable that processing times for these passes will be delayed and future suspensions may be possible.
No official explanation has been issued by the KID, though the suspension is thought to be connected to the recent restructuring of the department (for more information, please refer to our July 8 blog posting). Newly-appointed Director Jane Waikenda has been publicly making significant changes to the KID operations. These changes are primarily focused on combating application backlogs, lack of training for immigration officers at KID, and accusations of fraud and corruption throughout the department.
It is unclear how long the suspension will continue: sources are currently reporting between four and six weeks before KID will begin accepting and processing applications again. Please note that delays should still be anticipated even after permit processing resumes while immigration officers handle the rush of applications.