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Kenyans in US furious at “Recommender’s ID requirement” in e-passport issuance

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Several Kenyans in the United States are frowning at the requirement for a copy of recommender’s Id card in the e-passport registration exercise which is now underway at the Embassy in Washington DC and the two consulates in New York and Los Angeles.

After Kenya Satellite News Network (KSN) posted the requirements as published by the Immigration department, many readers took issue with them, with others even terming some of those requirements as “insane.” Sample the following:

JMurangi wrote on Facebook: Why are we always being subjected to unrealistic conditions as if we are school children? What kind of government does this to its people? This is insane!

Maggie Marikah Kwabena wrote: Why do I need a recommender if I already have a Kenyan passport? Number two, how much will this cost me? I presume instead of the Embassy going to where Kenyans are, they want Kenyans to incur the expense? Makes no sense. Rahisisha hii maneno.

Sadique Aress No 6. Copy of the recommender’s kenyan ID? Kweli this country is confused.

John Kariuki tweeted: Who advises Uhuru Kenyatta? No, really.

Adiamboj wondered on Instagram: Who asks for recommender’s IDs in this day and age. In any case, shouldn’t they have my information from the previous Passport Application? No wonder we still lag behind in spite of boasting that we are the leader in East Africa. Cr*p.

However, Joseph Mwaura, who said he is based in Nairobi had a different perspective. He wrote: “Just as we expected, Kenyans in the Diaspora are cry-babies who always want the rules to be bent to suit their circumstances. Please give us a break…we have better things to do.”

KSN sought a comment from the embassy but our phone calls went unanswered.

Here are the requirements for replacement of passport( Current holders of passports being phased out)

  1. A duly filled application form
  2. Copy of Birth Certificate
  3. Copy Certificate of Registration if Kenyan by Registration
  4. Original Kenyan ID and a copy for Adults
  5. 3 (Three) passport size photos
  6. Copy of the recommender’s Kenyan ID
  7. Duly filled Consent form for Minors
  8. Old passport and a copy
  9. 2(two) payment invoices for the prescribed fee

Others had issues with Huduma Namba registration as well:

Nicholas says: with all due respect, the embassy performance in delivery of services is pathetic. I have travelled there on numerous occasions and they are MIA in that dungeon they call the embassy of Kenya in Washington DC.
Walk to 1232 22nd st. at the Tanzanian embassy and you would understand why am calling it a dungeon where zero services are offered. I don’t think the Kenya embassy is ready for Epassport and Huduma Number. If you have doubt, just inquire how many officers are assigned to complete this noble national exercises.

He adds: Can someone explain to them that these people in US are parents who have to meet their children education tuition and accommodation within this time frame they have set. kenyans would prefer to educate their children who will come to invest in Kenya where they will be comfortable to invest as compared to the children of those who have no roots in Kenya.
Let them lead in a smart way. Why do they create a policy they can’t deliver on it? This Huduma Number has got a limited widow when it should be obtained so does the Epassport. The issuance place is Washington DC for the passport and we are yet to know where that of Huduma Number. They have assigned limited officers to carry on this task.

Does he realise the distance between Seattle Washington and Washington DC? Does he realise that there are three different time zones involved? When they limit the time to get the Huduma Number up to end of June, do they take into account the travelling involved and the cost? Matiangi said they are paying an officer Ksh 1,000.00 a day. If we go by their set standards any Kenyan who travels to Washington DC should be paid $1,000.00 a day, adds Nicholas.

 

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SPONSORED: Optiven Thanks Diaspora Community as Hundreds are offered fully Paid Holiday for a Record 6th Time

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Optiven Group has a vision of economically and socially empowering and Transforming the society. As a follow-up to this vision, hundreds of customers whose majority are from Diaspora were given a treat of the end of year at PrideInn Flamingo Beach Resort – Mombasa.

This offer was for all those who had invested during the promotion of Tujibambe Mombasani where one was to purchase and pay a property from 1.7M and above.

This was right on the heels of the prior campaigns as follows:

👉🏽Tembeza Mpenzi – Amboseli https://youtu.be/gdu935WbGcI

👉🏽Dinner with a LION – Maasai Mara https://youtu.be/9PKv6ljLAho

👉🏽Lipa CashTwende Mombasa SEASON 3 https://youtu.be/a8hper39wj0

👉🏽Lipa CashTwende Mombasa SEASON 2 https://youtu.be/ZdvPaEU8EY8

👉🏽Lipa CashTwende Mombasa SEASON 1 https://youtu.be/V80a-jaFZlk

Optiven is happy to bring these great customers together to network. Know each other & build a strong community

We now look forward to rewarding hundreds of customers who are catching up with our current campaign TAJIRIKA NA OPTIVEN APP campaign.

This campaign rewards customers who purchase land through the Optiven App. It also rewards those who refer others through the App. It is a win win as all parties benefit. This is actually giving every Kenyan globally to have a piece of Optiven.

👉🏽Tajirika Na Optiven App – https://youtu.be/2TGPRXffI28

Join the Optiven family today and keep enjoying our Philanthropic offers and give aways from time to time.

Call us/ WhatsApp us on: +254 723 400 500
Website: www.optiven.co.ke

 

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I just turned 40…I came to the US when I was 20; What Have I Learned?

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BY JANE MUKAMI

It has been 20 years since I arrived in the U.S. from Kenyan – where did time go? I was 20 years old when I got to Atlanta with no idea how life would unfold. Now at 40 years old, What have I learned?

  1. The land of milk and honey does provide opportunities for success but nothing is handed to you…you gotta milk the cow AKA work hard for the milk and honey. My 1st job was a cashier at Wendy’s making $5.50 [500/=] an hour, but that was just the beginning #StartWhereYouAre #StartWithWhatYouHave.
  2. Success is relative and should be defined by you and not by society. My definition of success is being happy doing what I love while experiencing freedom – debt freedom, financial freedom and location freedom – ability to serve my clients/work from anywhere in the world #DefineYourSuccess.
  3. Success requires continued learning/education, breaking away from doing the same ol’ things, with the ol’ same people. Growth comes from finding new circles, friends, hiring coaches/mentors, people who inspire + push you to become who you were created to be. It’s ok to be a small fish in a big pond. It gives you room to grow into a whale #LevelUp.
  4. Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff – have fun, laugh, enjoy your journey, protect your space by decreasing negativity, drama, toxic friendships or relationships that do not serve you. Do not worry about what others think or say about you. Focus on you, be intentional about what you want and make it happen – mute all else #GoGet #NoExcuses #StayHungry #StayHumble

Read more about my “Coming to America” story on my website.

Atlanta has been good to me…do I qualify for the title #GeorgiaPeach Even though I don’t like sweet tea, fried chicken, pork rinds, biscuits and gravy, grits, waffles and fried chicken…I’m I the only one still very confused by the words chicken fried steak…?? 🤣🤣

Funny enough, I feel as though the past 20 years were simply a rehearsal, a warm up, a preparation of sorts – my life is just now beginning #selfactualized I’m excited….its #GoTime.  Cheers to 20 more 🥂🥂🇱🇷

 

 

 

 

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Excitement as two young Kenyans get Visas to come study in US through ‘Airlift Program’

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BY BOB MWITI

On November 25th, I woke up to some awesome news in the middle of the night!..I couldn’t sleep anymore!😆😆😆

Congratulations to our 2 Kenya Airlift Program beneficiaries, who just got their US student visas approved! Elosy will be joining University Of South Florida In January 2020, for a Master’s degree in Business Analytics & Information Systems. Neils will be joining Illinois State University In January 2020, for a Master’s degree in Information Systems. We are slowly building a movement of brilliant young Kenyans here in America! Dmk Kiogora..Thank you bro for making this dream a reality! It’s God’s Doing!🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

To learn more about the program, please download the handbook from the “study in USA” page of our website at www.appstecamerica.com

They say, where there is a will there is a way, and this saying is slowly manifesting itself in one of the most ambitious projects for Kenya’s Diaspora since the Tom Mboya days.

Appstec America, A US-based, Kenyan-owned company, whose founder Bob Mwiti was recognized by African Warrior Magazine in 2018, as one of the 40 most inspiring men in the
diaspora in 2018, has embarked on an ambitious project of airlifting brilliant young Kenyans to study IT-related master’s degrees in some of the top universities in America through its study in
USA flagship program, The Kenya Airlift Program.

Neils and Elosy. PHOTO|COURTESY

In partnership with ABEDS, a Sacco formed by MCA DMK Kiogora of Abogeta West, specifically for the purpose of financing the program, Appstec & ABEDS have so far successfully succeeded in securing visas for 3 beneficiaries to top American Universities (one inAugust this year and 2 others joining school in January 2020). The latter 2 just received their visas, which was proudly shared by Bob & DMK on social media. More other beneficiaries of the program are currently preparing for their entrance exam known as Graduate Management
Admissions Test (GMAT).

Hon DMK was recently recognized for his work in the airlifting program by being awarded the Utumishi Bora Award of 2019. This young energetic leader from Meru County, who is a former University of Nairobi student leader, is transforming his ward and has been hailed as one of the best performing MCAs in the Country.

Bob, who is a former international student faced the many challenges that a lot of African students face in America once they graduate. Challenges to do with good Jobs and long-term  work visa and permanent residency. After he graduated from college in the US, he was not able to secure a job with his MBA and as a result he decided to pursue a career in IT where he trained as a consultant as was immediately able to get a Job as a Systems Analyst working for fortune 500 companies. A job which came with employment-based greencard.

 

Airlifting Program Building Strong Movement of Young Kenyans In AmericaA Kenyan-Owed US based Company Is Slowly Building A Movement Of Brilliant Young Kenyans In America Through Its’ Airlifting Program.

The Kenya Airlift program is trying to solve the challenges that African students like Bob face all the time. Challenge to do with finances for tuition and living expenses which a lot of African

students face and drop out of student immigration status, challenge of getting well-paying Jobs and the challenge of getting post-graduation legal working papers and permanent residency
through employment.

Through the Airlifting program, beneficiaries are able to get unsecured international student loans from a US based lender to the tune of up to USD 50,000, they are also able to get
graduate assistantship scholarships worth thousands of dollars and are also able get relocation expenses loans from ABEDS Sacco of up to USD 6,000.

 

The beneficiaries also get FREE training from Appstec America on the IT skills that are highly needed in the US tech industry. This training is offered on the side, as the beneficiaries pursue
their master’s program so that by the time they graduate, they have the Job skills needed. The training is offered in the areas of Oracle and Robotics Process Automation, which are some
the hottest technologies in the tech Industry today.

Appstec America also intends to help the beneficiaries with Job placement in IT projects in America once they graduate from college. Jobs which will help them repay the loans and also
get work immigration papers and permanent residency through employment.

The program is open to all Kenyans. To learn more about the program, you can download the program handbook from the study in USA page of www.appstecamerica.com.
If you have any questions, you can send an email to scholars@appstecamerica.com or call +1 813-573-5619 ext 402.

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