Yes, you may stay in Kenya longer. However, you must seek an extension with the Kenyan Immigration Department. You have up to 30 days before your visa expires to seek an extension.
To apply for an extension, you will need to provide the following documents:
- Your passport: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the issued date.
- A completed application form: You can download the application form from the Kenyan Immigration Department website.
- A recent photograph: A recent photograph of yourself.
- Proof of onward travel: Proof that you have a valid ticket to leave Kenya.
- Proof of accommodation: Proof that you have accommodation in Kenya for the duration of your stay.
If your extension request is accepted, you will be given a new visa sticker to put in your passport. The new visa sticker will allow you to stay in Kenya for a set length of time.
It is vital to know that if you do not have a genuine cause for remaining in Kenya, the Kenyan Immigration Department may deny your extension request. As a result, it is critical to submit as much proof as possible to back up your request.
Here are some of the reasons why your extension request might be denied:
- You don't have a good reason to stay in Kenya.
- You have previously overstayed your visa.
- You have a criminal record.
- You are considered to be a security risk.
If your extension request is denied, you will need to leave Kenya before your visa expires.