The government of Kenya has managed to open more immigration centres in the diaspora in a bid to enable its citizens to acquire e-passports.
Confirming this, Director-General of Immigration Alex Muteshi said that four stations were opened in the country whereas six were opened in the diaspora.
“The four local centers are now operational, but will officially be launched next week by the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i. Those in the diaspora will also be in operation soon to help Kenyans living there acquire e-passports easily,” said Muteshi
The local stations are in Kisii, Nakuru, Eldoret and Embu while the six in the diaspora are in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Johannesburg (South Africa) Paris (France), London (United Kingdom), Washington DC (United States), and Berlin (Germany).
The new stations will play a vital role in the reduction of queues as they are set to be handling over 1,500 new applicants every day. So far, over 800,000 Kenyans have managed to be issued with the e-passports.
The process for one to get an e-passport requires one’s physical appearance at the station so to have biometrics taken.
The new generation passports will play a significant role in the fight against fraud as they come with an electronic chip.
Kenya pledged to shift to e-Passports from September 1st as part of its commitment to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.
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