Work Permit Application Services

Foreign nationals wishing to work in Kenya are required to obtain a work permit. However, work permits are generally only granted when the employer can prove that doing so would benefit Kenya and the position cannot be filled by any suitable Kenyan applicants. Work permit application services in Kenya

Except in certain exceptional cases, a foreign national can work in Kenya only after they obtain a work permit by the regulations outlined in the Employment Service Act. Understanding the most up-to-date rules for applying for a work permit in Kenya is essential to ensuring that work authorization can be obtained promptly to minimize the impact of these regulations on a company’s business operations.

Validity of Work Permit:

The duration of a Work Permit in Kenya is two years, subject to the validity of the worker’s passport, the Banker’s/Insurance Guarantee, and the employee’s employment period, whichever is shorter. The worker is only permitted to work for an employer and in the specified profession.

Work Permit application services in Kenya include;

  • Providing consultation and advice on work permit services in Kenya and business visas.
  • Legal advice in matters relating to immigration law consultancy.
  • With our network of management companies worldwide, we can assist recruiters in connecting with corporations for sponsoring candidates.
  • Complete documentation and paperwork for securing the visa and work permit in compliance with the regulatory requirements.
  • We are liaising with the authorities and furnishing details on the case to case basis.
  • Our experience handling work permits and securing a visa and other consular needs extend to companies across various sectors and all sizes.
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Process of the work permit application in Kenya

Step 1: Completion of the application

Foreign nationals wishing to be employed by a Kenyan entity are required to apply through our work permit application services in Kenya for a Kenyan work permit. The different classes will depend on the specific circumstances of the applicant. Generally, the success rate depends on whether skilled labor for the position is available locally, i.e., employers are required to justify the employment of a foreign national instead of a local.

All work permits are generally valid for two years, with renewals permitted for an extra two years at a time. The number of renewals is unlimited. Renewals need to be done at least three months before expiry.

While each work permit application service in Kenya may have specific documentation requirements, the following are all required:

  • Duly filled and signed application Form 3
  • Covering letter from employer/self/organization depending on the class (as applicable)
  • Copies of the foreign national’s passport
  • Two colored Passport size photographs
  • Application form fee

Step 2: Submission to the Ministry of Immigration

Once the application is submitted to the Ministry of Immigration, it shall be presented to a committee for approval. This process may take between two and six months.

The following factors are considered by the committee when deciding whether to approve or reject an application:

1. The amount of investment and its impact on Kenya’s economy, which is determined by the auditors’ report or bank statement

2. The number of jobs that will be created for Kenyans, which is determined by the application letter submitted by the applicant’s agent

3. The nationality of the applicant. An applicant has a higher chance of approval of his application if their country of origin has a more robust economy than that of Kenya and low crime statistics and security threats.

The Ministry will issue a Notification of Approval if the application is successful. If it is rejected, a Notification of Rejection will be issued. This Notification of Approval is valid for ninety days pending payment of the government fees.

The entry permit is then endorsed on the applicant’s passport.

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Step 3: Registration as an alien

All foreigners who remain in Kenya for more than three months (90 days) must register as an alien and obtain an unknown registration card from the Immigration Department.

The application must be accompanied by:

1. Two passport–size photographs (either colored or black and white and taken not more than 12 months earlier) of the applicant;

2. A valid passport or some other official document establishing identity and nationality; and

3. The prescribed fee

Types of visas in Kenya

Category Description of Visa
Class A Work permit service in Kenya is Issued to persons who intend to prospect for minerals or mining.

Requirements:

1. One should obtain or is assured of obtaining the necessary licenses and registrations.
2. For renewals current license is held for prospecting minerals, and a copy of the PIN is required.
3. One has sufficient capital or resources for investment.

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Class B Work permits in Kenya are issued to persons wishing to invest in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.

Requirements:

1. Proof of land ownership or leasehold interest in land for the purpose.
2. Proof of capital available for the purpose.
3. Clearance from relevant bodies.
4. For renewals current license is held for prospecting minerals, and a copy of the PIN is required.

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Class D It is issued to a person offered specific employment by a particular employer who is qualified to undertake that employment.

Requirements:

1. Copies of academic/professional certificates along with the CV.
2. Evidence that the organization failed to fill the vacancy in the local labor market.
3. Form 25 is dully filled, signed, and sealed by the company.

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Class G Work permit service in Kenya issued to investors in a specific trade, business, or consultancy.

Requirements:

1. Documentary proof of capital to be invested/invested a minimum of 100,000 US dollars or equivalent in any other currency.
2. Registration certificate of the company OR certificate of incorporation.
3. Copies of personal and company PIN (Personal Identification Number) if the business is running.
4. For renewals, audited accounts for the previous two years and a certificate of tax compliance from the Kenya Revenue Authority.

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Class I Work/Residence permit issued to a member of missionary society approved by the Government of Kenya and whose presence benefits the country.

Requirement:

1. A copy of the registration certificate of the organization.
2. Academic and professional certificates of the applicant.

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Class K Residence permits are issued to persons with an assured income derived from sources outside and undertakes not to accept paid employment of any kind.

Requirement:

1. Documentary proof of assured income is required for Class K.

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Class M Work permits in Kenya are issued to Conventional Refugees.


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