New immigration center for issuance of e-passports launched in Nakuru
SEE ALSO :Need a passport? Book an appointmentThe backdoor Matiang’i pointed out that foreigners have been using tourist visas to engage in business while reaching out to Immigration officials “through the backdoor” to get permits. “Any work permit should be applied for and issued to a foreigner while they are still in their home country. No country issues work permits when the visitor is already in the country and Kenya is not an exception,” he said. Matiang’i urged local administrators to be on high alert and support the mop-up exercise to ensure Kenyans are protected against joblessness caused by foreigners taking up opportunities meant for residents. The CS said Kenyans with passports had three months to acquire the new e-passports.
SEE ALSO :Passport collection goes digitalMatiang’i said the decision to reintroduce the services followed a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to allow more Kenyans to acquire the electronic passports. “The President has directed that we have at least 10 centres for issuance of the e-passports. Currently, we have operational centres in Nakuru, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. This week we shall be opening others in Embu and Eldoret,” he said. The Nakuru centre currently has the capacity to serve 100 people every day but the CS said before the end of the month, it will be expanded to serve up to 300 people daily. Matiang’i noted that the Government has also set up similar centres in Washington DC, Dubai and South Africa and there are plans to open others in London, Berlin and Paris next month. Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui lauded the Government for restoring the passport services, saying the move would make it easier for residents with old generation passports to acquire the new ones. “There has been congestion in the existing offices which discouraged many Kenyans from taking part in the transition. This is also a gain for Nakuru in our quest to attain city status as more services have been made available,” said Mr Kinyanjui.
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