The US embassy in Nairobi on Thursday had announced that Kenyans on non-immigrant visa will be allowed to get a multi-entry visa for a period of five years for businessmen and tourists from the month of September.
The announcement followed after the deal was made between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and US president Obama in the month of July to increase the length of visa for Kenyans.
Following the announcement, Kenyan students who are qualified to get a student visa will now eligible to get Multi-Entry visa with validity for five years or up to the length of their study program.
"U.S. citizens eligible for Kenyan short-term business and tourist visas or student visas will be afforded the same benefit. Changes in visa validity will not affect visa eligibility criteria. Visa applicants will be subject to the same standards of eligibility for a U.S. visa as before the change in validity," the statement by the embassy said.
And Kenyans will have to pay an extra amount of 40 USD as reciprocity fee which is above than regular fee incases their extended visa to get approved.
The new visa regime will be more convenient for tourists and business travelers visiting US annually, as they are now to renew the visa only once in five years.