KENYA: Processing Remains Suspended for Most Work Permit, Permanent Residence Applications

KENYA: Processing Remains Suspended for Most Work Permit, Permanent Residence ApplicationsAlthough a few types of permits and passes are now being processed, the Department of Immigration Services (DIS) suspension is still in effect for most work permit, special pass, permanent residence and citizenship applications. Currently, DIS is only processing applications for:

  • Class G (investor) work permits.
  • Dependent passes.
  • Pupils’ passes.

However, DIS is not receiving payments for these application types at this time. In addition, there are delays in issuing the actual passes for dependents and pupils, due to a shortage in the supply of passes from the national printer.

There are currently no indications of when the processing hiatus might end. BAL will provide updates when they become available. In the meantime, clients are advised to take the suspension and delays into account when planning to meet their labor needs.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Kenya. For additional information, please contact

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