Dependent Pass and Re-entry Pass in Kenya

The process for obtaining a dependent pass involves submitting relevant documents such as passport copies, marriage certificates, birth certificates, and proof of financial support. The dependent pass is usually issued for the same duration as the work permit of the applicant. It’s important to note that dependents can also apply for work permits in Kenya, but the application will be subject to the same requirements and scrutiny as any other work permit application. However, on approval of the dependent’s work permit, the dependent pass is invalidated and deemed expired.

The re-entry pass is a valuable document for dependent pass holders who wish to travel outside Kenya and have the flexibility to re-enter the country multiple times during their absence. The re-entry pass can be obtained by submitting an application to the Immigration Department along with the necessary documents such as a valid passport, a copy of the dependent pass, and proof of travel plans.

It is important for holders of dependent passes to ensure that they obtain a re-entry pass before leaving Kenya to avoid any issues upon their return. Where the re-entry pass is not obtained prior to departure, the application for a re-entry pass must be submitted within 14 days of the holder’s return to Kenya. Failure to apply within the specified time may result in the holder being required to apply for a new dependent pass instead of a re-entry pass.

The Director of Immigration Services may refuse to issue a re-entry pass if the holder of the dependent pass has violated any of the Immigration Regulations or if the reasons for the failure to apply for a re-entry pass before departure are not considered valid and sufficient. If the holder exceeds the validity period of their re-entry pass, they may be required to obtain a new dependent pass and reapply for a new re-entry pass. Failure to comply with the immigration regulations may result in deportation or other legal consequences.

In conclusion, obtaining a re-entry pass or dependent pass in Kenya requires careful planning, preparation, and adherence to regulations and requirements set forth by the government. It is essential to seek assistance from qualified professionals to ensure a smooth and stress-free process, as well as to avoid any legal complications. With the right guidance and support, expatriates and their dependents can successfully obtain and maintain legal status in Kenya.