• Fri. Oct 30th, 2020

The Government Of Kenya through its immigration has lifted an amnesty stay for foreigners who got stuck in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The amnesty   was granted to all foreigners following government restriction that included the closure of borders & airspace as well as the initially placed inter-county movements to and from Nairobi.

The resume of International flights on August 1st allowed both local and International travel but now the government is sending foreigners out. The amnesty which was issued in April allowed all foreigners to continue staying without paying an extra coin for Visa renewals despite expiry because borders were closed and there were no other travel means. A notice from the Immigration department said all foreigners previously allowed to stay in the country despite the expiry of their visas must now leave or apply for residence permits in a fortnight.

“All affected visitors have 14 days to comply with effect from Monday, September 14,”Alex Muteshi, the Director-General of the Immigration Department Services said in a notice earlier this week.” Failure to take advantage of the above two options, be advised that Section 53(1) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act (2011) will take effect.” The directives indicate that all foreigners who refuse to leave the country in the granted period will have questions to answer in case captured by the immigration police.

Foreigners whose documents have expired must pay the stipulated fees to renew them or leave the country within 14 days. The law proposes penalties of up to 3 years in jail or up to Sh500,000 fine for those found in the country illegally. It also allows those with expired documents to be declared prohibited immigrants and deported.

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