Outgoing British High Commissioner Nic Hailey has told Deputy President William Ruto that Kenyan students will soon be able to extend their stay in the United Kingdom after the completing their studies.
The move is designed to give Kenyan students more time to gather industry experience in the United Kingdom.
During the meeting yesterday (Thursday 4 July) at the Deputy President’s office in Karen, Mr Hailey said: “It is through attachments and internships that best practices and innovations are hatched. As such, student visa extension would be an important consideration to fill into our new immigration laws.”
The Deputy President told the High Commissioner that Kenya appreciated the United Kingdom’s support in making the region stable.
“You have demonstrated your commitment in making Eastern and the Horn of Africa secure. However, we still face the terrorism challenge, which calls for a more co-ordinated and ruthless approach from global partners to wipe it out,” he said.
“Kenya and the UK boast of cordial bonds hinged on trade and investment, education, tourism. We seek London’s consideration to extend student visas and increase internship opportunities for Kenyans to gain experience, skills to drive innovation, research and development back home,” Mr Ruto added.
Commenting on Britain’s support for Kenya’s bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN, Mr Ruto said it would “give impetus to addressing regional issues, such as terror, extremism, peace building and integration.”