US visas to extend next month

By: OLIVER MATHENGE

A deal struck by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his US counterpart Barack Obama in July to increase the validity of visas will take effect on September 22.

In a statement on Thursday, the US embassy said this will cover tourist business and student visas.

This means Kenyan applicants who qualify for non-immigrant visa will be eligible to receive a multiple-entry visa for up to five years.

“US citizens eligible for Kenyan short-term business and tourist or student visas will get the same benefit,” the embassy said.

However, the changes will not affect visa eligibility criteria, it said.

Kenyans will pay an extra US$40 (Sh4,000) as a reciprocity fee.