Immigration department revokes work permit for Nissan Kenya foreign employee

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Nissan Kenya. [Photo courtesy]

A South African national working at Nissan Kenya (Crown Motors Group) has had his work permit cancelled by the Immigration Department.

In a letter addressed to the firm dated July 7, the Immigration Department indicated that Ashwin Ramraj worked at Nissan Kenya as a Sales Manager and not as the Director of Market Expansion.

Reports indicate that the Immigration Department was notified of Ramraj’s immigration status by disgruntled employees of Nissan Kenya.

They argued that the creation of Director Market Expansion was a ploy to confuse the government into issuing a work permit to Ramraj.

Currently, the position of Sales Manager which he holds is reserved for Kenyans as stipulated by immigration laws.

The Immigration Department said Ramraj was dishonest as he obtained the work permit by pretence.

“Information we received that your above-named employee obtained a Work Permit through misrepresentation of material fact and was acting in breach of conditions of same Work Permit,” part of the letter read.

It added: “The company did not engage an understudy and he did not possess skills/professional qualifications that are not available in the Kenyan Labour market,” part of the letter read.

The department told Crown Motors that following the revelation, it also cancelled a dependant passport issued to his wife, Anitha Devel Ramraj.

“Pease therefore within 14 days of this letter, avail to the undersigned the original Work Permit and Dependant Pass for formal cancellation and the passports of both, Mr Ramraj Ashwin and his wife for cancellation of Work Permit and Dependent Pass endorsements,” the letter further stated.

Ramraj is now required to regularize his immigration status in Kenya within 14 days.

“Further advise Mr Ashwin and his wife to regularize their immigration status within the same number of days as you make arrangements for their departure from Kenya.”