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State Department of Immigration publishes list of ready passports; How to check

Immigration Department publishes names of passports ready for collection in 30-day ultimatum.

In accordance with Interior CS Kithure Kindiki’s direction, the State Department of Immigration Services has made public the identities of passport applicants whose names have been printed and are available for pickup.

To improve service performance, the Interior CS had established a nationwide Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) on passport collection every Wednesday.

The Immigration Department announced on Wednesday that 87,574 passports are ready for pickup at the location where the applications were submitted.

For ease of service, passports will be issued to a specified number of applicants per day for the next 30 days beginning September 25, 2023.

Additionally, the names of passport applicants to be served on each day will be listed on the Department’s website and social media accounts.

Kenyans have been warned to check their names to make sure the day they must pick up their passports is correct; else, they run the danger of being fined. 

Kindiki has issued a warning that unclaimed passports after the deadline would be destroyed and their owners would face legal repercussions.

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How to Check

Click on the Interior Ministry’s official website: immigration.go.ke

Scroll down and click the Announcements tab which includes press releases, public participation, tenders, and Gazette Notices

A list containing various counties and the due dates will appear. 

Select the county where you applied and access the list, for instance, in Nairobi, the list contains 7,500 names required to collect their passports by September 29, 2023.

The decision to implement the rapid collection of passports was informed by the Interior Ministry’s plan to decongest Nyayo House and other centers and ensure a seamless process of acquiring a passport.

Among the changes included the revision of the working hours in the passport printing offices to run between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. to enhance service delivery and clear the backlog which consisted of 120,000 applicants.

The CS also conducted impromptu visits to the offices to ensure the officials worked round the clock to deliver the passports. 

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