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Delays in Kenya Work Permit Applications

Kenya’s Department of Immigration Services has effectively put all pending work permit applications on hold. The Department’s work permit review committee has not worked on applications for the last few weeks. Those applicants who urgently need work authorization may apply for short-term work passes, which have not been affected.

It appears that the work stoppage is due to new work permit processing procedures implemented by the new Director of Immigration. Formerly a senior officer in the country’s military, Kenya’s new Director of Immigration was appointed to improve internal and border security.

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Rebecca B. Schechter, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Northern Virginia, Immigration Law Attorney
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Rebecca Schechter focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance, representing multi-national corporations and companies, as well as individual clients. She has experience with all areas of employment-based immigration, particularly H-1B, L-1, O-1 and E-2 petitions, as well as outstanding researcher petitions and labor certification applications. Rebecca regularly assists GT clients with global immigration matters, including business and work visas to countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. She also works on state and federal I-9 and E-Verify...