Work permits of 3,434 foreigners hanging in the balance


Nairobi,KENYA:Close to 3,434 foreigners have their fate hanging in the balance after it emerged that the holders of the said permits will be deemed illegal in the country after the completion of the work permits verification exercise.

In a press statement, Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi, said that the people who were holders of the permits did not show up during the verification exercise thus rendering them illegal.

The statement indicated that a total of 26,829 work permits were verified while other 2,760 were accounted for but not verified due to various reasons such as bearers failing to avail themselves before the authorities.

Matiangi vowed that anybody who resides in the country illegally without a valid work permit will be dealt with firmly.

“Relevant authorities have received their details circulated and have been instructed to ensure necessary action is taken against such foreigners.”The statement indicated.

He pointed that the department of immigration will undergo some policy changes on issuance of permits which include; applicants will making their applications wherever they come from and approval executed in the country of destination which is Kenya.

The verification and registration exercise of work permits begun on 21st May and ended on 22nd July 2018 in bid to streamline the sector.