The government in bid to ease the pressure of long queues at the Nairobi and Kisumu immigration offices by those seeking new generation ones has today opened a passport application centre in Nakuru town.
The centre that was today launched by Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i will save residents of Bomet, Kericho, Nakuru and Baringo of long queues that are usually witnessed at Nairobi’s Nyayo House and in Kisumu offices.
This comes as Immigration Department has asked holders of old passports to replace with new generation ones.
The new generation document also serves as the East African Community passport and to apply, the applicant is required to submit a printed online application form, three copies of the invoices, their original identity card as well as a copy, their old passport and a copy (if replacing), three passport size photos, and a copy of a recommender’s ID card.
The new document has an electronic chip with the owner’s details that will make it faster for the department to process new passports and make renewals.
According to Immigration, 900,000 people have managed to acquire the e-passports leaving out 1.5 million holders of the old document.
Bringing facility to former Rift Valley Provincial headquarters that the County Government is pushing for its elevation into a city status has not only brought the services closer to people but saved them from costly and tiresome journey by road as well as long queues in Kisumu and Nairobi.
The Urban Areas and Cities Amendment Bill that was approved by the Cabinet last September paved way for elevation of Nakuru and Eldoret towns, which are considered the third and fourth largest towns into city status.
Due to large number of people, Kenyans have not been able to get or renew their passports within 15 working days after submitting the documents physically as directed by the department of Immigration.
Judy Chesang a resident of Kericho applied for her new passport three months ago in Nairobi but she has not gotten her passport.
Many residents of Kericho, Bomet, Narok, Nakuru, Baringo and other Rif Counties have been travelling kilometres a way to get he services either in Kisumu or Nairobi