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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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Trump says he is seriously looking at ending birthright citizenship

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

U.S. President Donald Trump has rekindled debate over the pros and cons of right to citizenship by birth. On Wednesday, he said his administration is seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of non-citizens.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump also said he intends to end the right of citizenship to people who illegally  immigrated to the United States

“We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby – congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen. … It’s frankly ridiculous,” he said.

This is not the first time Trump is expressing his displeasure with the the 14th amendment which made it easier for people from other countries to easily assimilate into the system. In 2018,  he he  told Axios news website that he would end “birthright citizenship” through an executive order.

Experts have however said such a move would run afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

The Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which was passed after the US Civil War with the aim of ensuring that black Americans had full citizenship rights, granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.”

To date, that amendment has been used to grant citizenship to millions of people born in the United States, whether or not their parents are American citizens or legally in the country.

 

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Trump tightens Work Permit Rules for Immigrants Paroled into the US

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The Trump administration on Monday issued a new policy guideline that tightens in issuance of work permits to immigrants who have been paroled into the United States, including those who are otherwise inadmissible.

In the new policy guideline, contained in Volume 10 of the Policy Manual, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states that the agency has discretion to grant employment authorization to foreign nationals, and that applicants “are not entitled to employment authorization.”

USCIS says it will grant discretionary employment authorization on a case-by-case basis, “taking into account all factors and considering the totality of the circumstances of each individual case.” Such factors include the immigrant’s criminal record, and immigrant having been subject to a final removal order, or misrepresentation to an immigration officer.

Work permits are normally issued to foreign nationals who are paroled into the US for several reasons such as when adjusting status from a non-immigrant visa holder such as F-1 to an immigration visa holder/permanent resident or from an expired status to a green card holder. They are also issued to refugees/asylum applicants, as well as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries.

USCIS states that the need for the guidance arose from the “national emergency at the U.S. souther border where foreign nationals are entering the U.S. illegally.”

Immigration advocates say the move is one of Trump administration’s efforts to limit the number of work permits issued. “This is where they were heading from the beginning. They want to see fewer [wok permit] issued,” Natalie Tynan, an immigration lawyer, and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy unit chief said.

-Mwakilishi.com

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Permanent Residence Draw held in Canada as 3600 Candidates invited to apply

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The Canadian government has invited 3,600 individuals who participated in the Express Entry to apply for the country’s permanent residence in the latest draw held on Tuesday, August 20th.

The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for the August 12th draw was 457, which is the lowest score since May 1st.

Foreigners participating in the Express Entry draw are ranked based o the CRS score, which is based on factors such as the applicant’s age, education, skills level, work experience, proficiency in English or French, family ties to Canada, among others.

In order to qualify for the Express Entry pool, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements for one of Canada’s three Federal High Skilled Economic-class immigration categories – the Federal Killed Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates enter a pool, and the best candidates are picked in a draw that takes place every two weeks. An Invitation to Apply (ITA) then gives the candidate the go-ahead to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
56,200  ITAs have thus far in 2019 been issued through the Express Entry program. The government has set a target of 81,400 ITAs for 2019 through this program.

To be eligible for the August 20th draw, candidates had to have submitted their profiles before March 24th, 2019.

You can check if you meet the minimum score and also apply for Express Entry here.

SOURCE: Mwakilishi.com

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