Kenyan Immigration Update: Introduction of Document Upload Platform and Digitization of Foreigner Registration Appointment Scheduling

The Kenyan Directorate of Immigration Services (DIS) has issued the following updates.

1.    Document Upload Platform

 

Directive Pursuant to the attached notice, the DIS is currently piloting an online document uploading platform in the eFNS portal to replace the hardcopy deposit of documents.

 

The digitization process shall also include payments processing and receipting.

Effective Date
  • Pilot ongoing

 

  • Formal launch to be communicated in due course

 

Impact on business High

 

Expectations
  1. The historical issue of missing files and documents will be eliminated

 

  1. In the transition phase, delays in the processing of applications should be expected due to system downtime

 

  1. The application processing time may increase by 3-5 days due to the initial document verification process and allocation of the applications internally (DIS)

2.    Digitization of Foreigner Registration Appointment Scheduling

Directive The scheduling of foreigner registration appointments has been digitized. Applicants are required to book their appointments through the eFNS portal (https://fns.immigration.go.ke/dash/appointments.php) with availability being given on a first come first served basis.

 

While the DIS had previously directed that passport endorsement and foreigner registration should be done at the same time, this will no longer be possible due to the drawn-out appointment dates. Accordingly, passport endorsement shall done as soon as a permit or pass is issued while foreigner registration will be completed at a later stage

Effective Date 28 September 2020
Impact on business Low

 

Expectations Increased efficiency in the foreigner application process

 

Should you require any further information and or assistance please do not hesitate to contact us at immigration@relocationafrica.com.

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Directorate of Immigration Services in Kenya: Change of Stay in Country Regulations

By Lynn Mackenzie, J.D., LLM
Courtesy of IKM Advocates

Considering the eased COVID-19 related restrictions and resumption of international travel, the Directorate of Immigration (Kenya) has lifted an earlier amnesty on stay in the country beyond the stipulated six months. Visitors are hereby given two weeks, beginning September 14th, 2020 to either;

a) Make arrangement to depart within two weeks (14 days) or
b) Apply for residency (permit or pass) to regularize their stay.

Please note: Those who fail to satisfy the above requirements will be deemed unlawfully present, as per Section 53 (1) j of the Kenya Citizenship & Immigration Act.

Should you require any further information and or assistance please do not hesitate to contact us at immigration@relocationafrica.com.

The content of this article is provided for general information purposes. The provision of this article does not constitute legal advice or opinion of any kind; no advisory or fiduciary relationship is created between Relocation Africa and any other person accessing or using this article. Relocation Africa will not be liable for any damages or loss arising from using any part of this article.

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

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Safaricom Launches Lipa Na M-Pesa Business App for Kenyan Market

Safaricom has announced a Lipa Na M-PESA Business smartphone app for the more than 170,000 merchants on the service.

Named “M-PESA for Business“, it will empower business owners to access real-time statements, export statements, and track their business performance on the go.

Through the app, business owners can further withdraw funds from Lipa Na M-PESA to their M-PESA accounts, bank accounts or at an agent. Business owners with a business till can now also send money to other M-PESA customers such as to pay wages, pay for supplies, and make payments to other businesses all through the app.

“At Safaricom, we are taking a focus on the needs of small and medium businesses to provide them with suitable technology solutions to help them grow. The M-PESA for Business smartphone App is one such solution. It empowers more than 170,000 businesses across Kenya to send money and make payments and provides them with simple and detailed reports from the convenience of the mobile phone,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom.

In addition to making transactions from their Lipa Na M-PESA tills, the app will offer additional management features such as an overview of different tills for business owners with multiple outlets and till usage management. The app is also packed with rich, detailed reports including money-in and money-out charts, store overview and frequently used Lipa Na M-PESA Tills and PayBills.

The “M-PESA for Business” App is immediately available from the Android Google Play store and the iOS App store and complements the *234# menu which has been providing Lipa Na M-PESA merchants with the ability to manage their till and to make transactions. It is designed to take advantage of unique smartphone capabilities to provide businesses with powerful, additional features and a digital, modern way to use the service.

Safaricom has also rolled out a portal where any business across the Kenya can now apply online for a Lipa Na M-PESA Till. The “M-PESA for Business” app will be immediately available to these businesses once their application is processed and a Till Number allocated.

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

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Safaricom Provides Communication Support To Kenyan Healthcare Workers And The Ministry Of Health

Following a request by Cabinet Secretary of Health, Mutahi Kagwe, for communication support for the pandemic response teams, Safaricom PLC has agreed to provide communication resources equivalent to 195 terabytes of data, 10 million voice call minutes and 33 million SMSs to critical Government healthcare workers for the next three months.

The initiative, which is part of Safaricom’s commitment to keep the country connected during this period, will see the company avail connectivity resources and airtime to the Ministry of Health, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and frontline healthcare workers both at National and County level.

 These resources include:

  1. Monthly Bundle for Frontline Government Healthcare Workers: A monthly bundle consisting of 12GB data + 600 voice call minutes + 2,000 SMSs per month topped up to the individual lines of the COVID-19 frontline workers as identified by the Ministry of Health.
  2. 100 Mbps Internet Connectivity at Afya House for the National Command and Control Centre in this fight to safeguard our health.
  3. COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Airtime Support: A one-off bundle consisting of 50GB data + 3,500 voice call minutes + 10,000 SMSs to 15 members to assist in the smooth running of the fund activities.

As we face this crisis, seamless worry-free communication between the frontline teams, the Command Centre and their loved ones is crucial. The contribution by Safaricom to support over 5,500 Government healthcare workers will go a long way in helping us execute a coordinated national response.

Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health

The gallant frontline healthcare workers are our first line of defence against the pandemic and their dedication to serving the country has helped slow down infections within our communities. We not only want to appreciate the great work they are doing, but also facilitate their communication as they continue discharging their duties.

Peter Ndegwa, Safaricom PLC Chief Executive Officer

This commitment adds to our ongoing initiatives, currently valued at KES 6.5 billion, to support our customers and the country from the negative impact of the pandemic through interventions in financial services, transport, education and healthcare.

 We are cognizant of the challenge ahead of us and our purpose as an organisation is clear, to keep our customers connected and support Kenyans in whatever way we can.

Peter Ndegwa, Safaricom PLC Chief Executive Officer

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SARA Webinars: How African Visa and Immigration Specialists are Dealing with the COVID-19 Crisis

Relocation Africa’s Immigration Lead, Lynn Mackenzie, served as Panel Facilitator, and was joined recently by a number of immigration specialists from around Africa, to discuss their response to the COVID-19 situation in their respective countries.

Two live webinars, in partnership with the South African Reward Association (SARA) were hosted to discuss the topics, and we invite you to watch the recordings below so that we can share these insights with you.

The first webinar deals with the COVID-19 response in South Africa and Nigeria. Lynn is joined by Tracy du Plessis (South Africa), and Kunle Obebe (Nigeria).

The second covers the response in Ghana, Senegal, and Kenya. Lynn is joined by Paa Kwesi Hagan (Ghana), Joyce Anti (Senegal), and Brian Githaiga (Kenya).

We hope you enjoy the content. If you have suggestions for future webinars you’d like to see, please feel free to reach out to us via marketing@relocationafrica.com.

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

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