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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,30TH JULY 2018-All foreigners intending to work in Kenya will have to apply for licences while still in their countries of origin.Such persons can only come to Kenya after the lecense are granted.According to interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi ,the Department of Immigration Services (DIS) is set to establish a digital registry where details of foreign workers will be stored in a addition to a raft of measures set to be adopted to improve the process of applying for work permits.
Under new guidelines, applicants will request for work permits ahead of their arrival in the country and will only be allowed entry once their applications are granted.
In the verification verification exercise targeting foreigners working in the country which commenced on May 22 at total of 3,434 foreigners suspected to be working in the country illegally have been watch-listed after they failed to authenticate their work permits .
Matiangi, says 26,829 work permits had been verified with an additional 2,760 accounted for as the exercise came to a close.
The 2,760 work permits were however not verified since the respective holders were not available to authenticate their status.
“These 2,760 work permits were not verified due to various reasons such as unavailability of permit holders because of illness or travel,” Matiangi said in a statement on Monday.