KENYA: Police Clearance Certificate Requirement Suspended

October 5, 2017

As of Wednesday 4th October 2017, the recently enforced requirement to submit police clearance certificates in support of applications for work permits and passes has been suspended until further notice.

Effective 2nd October 2017, the Kenyan Department of Immigration Services had begun enforcing a requirement that original police clearance certificates (PCC) must be submitted in support of initial and renewal applications for all work permit and pass types, including Class D work permits, Dependent Passes and Student Passes.

What exactly is the requirement?

All applicants aged 18 years and above must obtain a police clearance certificate from their country of residence.

For renewal applications, if the applicant is currently in Kenya, they can obtain the PCC from Nairobi Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

If the PCC is not in English, any translated version will need to be legalised.

Our Advice

Companies employing foreign nationals in Kenya should contact their Newland Chase immigration specialist to check the latest documentary requirements.

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This information was provided by our sister company, Peregrine Immigration Management.