Kenyans living in America will be able to get their passports and IDs in New York and Los Angeles upon the completion of a pilot project.
Kenya’s Ambassador to the US Lazarus Amayo announced this during a meeting with members of the Kenya Staff Association of the World Bank and IMF led by chairperson Kariuki Thande on Saturday.
They discussed among others, services offered by the mission, areas of collaboration and investment opportunities in Kenya.
Ambassador Amayo said the move seeks to ease pressure on Washington, DC.
During the launch of fast-tracked Kenyan citizenship restoration drive at Nyayo House on May 26, Interior CS Fred Matiang’I announced that among the new offices they will open were New York and LA.
The others will be in Dubai, Doha and Europe and Kenyans who want to regain their citizenship can go and apply in those immigration offices.
Thousands of Kenyans who lost their citizenship under the old Constitution, which did not provide for dual citizenship, can now regain their status in the next two months by lodging their applications at Nyayo House in Nairobi or at Kenyan embassies.
So far, more than 25,000 applications are pending at the Immigration offices, Matinagi said, and they will be sorted out in 60 days.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Amayo thanked the Kenya Staff Association of the World Bank and IMF for the good work they were doing in projecting Kenya’s image in the key financial institutions.
“He encouraged them to take advantage of the investment opportunities in Kenya & reach out to their friends to visit & invest in the country as well,” Kenya Embassy in Washington said.
Thande on behalf of KSA thanked Ambassador Amayo and the Embassy staff for the candid and fruitful discussion and assured the mission of their cooperation in promoting Kenya’s Interests.