Immigration law to allow Kenyan students in UK extended stay

Immigration law to allow Kenyan students in UK extended stay

Immigration rules are expected to be amended to allow Kenyan students in UK to spend more time on job-training and internships after completing education.

Outgoing British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey said in a statement on July 4 that student visas will soon be extended to give students further field experience overseas.

“It is through attachments and internships that best practices and innovations are hatched,” Hailey said during a discussion with Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office in Nairobi.

“As such, student visa extension would be an important consideration to fill into our new immigration laws,” he added.

UK, Kenya relationship grew exponentially

Hailey’s four-year term is set to expire in July. He said that relationship between Kenya and the United Kingdom grew during the period particularly in investments and commerce.

For his part, Dr Ruto congratulated Hailey for a “job well-done,” adding that Kenya is hoping to sustain its engagement with the UK.

“We will always be looking for opportunities to partner with the UK so as to better our development trajectory,” Dr Ruto said, adding that Kenya had been benefiting from capacity building.

“Human resources in Kenya is a big component of our assets; and this is shaping its transformation,” he said.

The Deputy President also commended Britain’s support in stabilising the region.

“You have demonstrated your commitment to making the Eastern region and the Horn of Africa secure,” Dr Ruto said.

“However, we still face the terrorism challenge, which calls for a more coordinated and ruthless approach from global partners,” he added.

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Angelica is a reporter for Global Education Times with a focus on the ‘business of education’, and on Asia-Pacific and South American education affairs. An experienced journalist, Angelica also writes for the oldest English newspaper in the Philippines, The Manila Times, as the publication’s business correspondent.
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