Entry, Work and Residence Permits

Entry, Work and Residence Permits
Work and residence permits are issued for long-term specific employment, investments, trade, and profession to persons whose presence and engagement will be of benefit to Kenya. Special Permits valid for 90 days may be issued for short-term ventures.

All applications for entry and work permits should be addressed to:
The Principal Immigration Officer
Po Box 30191
Nairobi. Kenya
Tel: +254 20 222 022
Fax: + 254 20 224 874

Classification of Work and Residence Permits

CLASS A: Prospecting and mining
A person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in prospecting for minerals or mining in Kenya, and who-

(a) has obtained, prospecting or mining right or licence that may be necessary for the purpose; and

(b) has in his own right and at his full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose; and

(c) whose engagement in the prospecting or mining will be of benefit to Kenya.

CLASS B: Agriculture and animal husbandry
A person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in the business of agriculture or animal husbandry in Kenya, and who-

(a) has acquired, or has received all permissions that may be necessary in order to acquire, an interest in land of sufficient size and suitability for the purpose; and

(b) has in his own right and at his full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose.

And whose engagement in that business will be of benefit to Kenya.

CLASS C: Prescribed profession
A member of a prescribed profession who intends to practice that profession, whether alone or in partnership, in Kenya, and who-

(a) possesses the prescribed qualification; and

(b) has in his own right and at his full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose,

(C) is registered with the professional body, association or institute to which he belongs in his own country; and

(d) whose practice of that profession will be of benefit to Kenya.


CLASS D: Employment
A person who is offered specific employment by a specific employer, the government of Kenya or any other person or authority under the control of the Government or an approved technical aid scheme under the United Nations Organization or some other approved Agency (not being an exempted person under section 34 (3), who is in possession of skills or qualifications that are not available in Kenya and whose engagement in that employment will be of benefit to Kenya.

CLASS F: Specific manufacturing
A person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in a specific manufacture in Kenya, and who-

(a) has obtained any licence, registration or other authority or permission that may be necessary for the purpose; and

(b) has in his own right and at his full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose; and

(c) whose engagement in that manufacture will be of benefit to Kenya.


CLASS G: Specific trade, business or consultancy
A person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in a specific trade, business, consultancy or profession (other than a prescribed profession) in Kenya, and who-

(a) has obtained any licence, registration or other authority or permission that may be necessary for the purpose; and

(b) has in his own right and at his full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose, and

(c) whose engagement in trade, business, consultancy or profession will be of benefit to Kenya.

 

CLASS I: Approved religious or charitable activities

A person who is a

1. member of an institution registered under the Society's Act who is engaged as a missionary

2. member of a company limited by guarantee

3. member of a trust registered under the Trustees Act

and is approved by the Government of Kenya, and whose presence in Kenya will be of benefit to Kenya.

CLASS K: Ordinary residents
A person who-

(a) is not less than thirty-five years of age; and

(b) has in his own right and at his full and free disposition an assured annual income of not less than the prescribed amoun that is derived from sources other than any such employment, occupation, trade, business or profession as is referred to in the description of any of the classes specified in this Schedule, and being an income that either-

(i) is derived from sources outside, and will be remitted to Kenya; or

(ii) is derived from pension or annuity payable from, sources in Kenya; and

(c) undertakes not to accept employment, paid or unpaid, or engage in any income generating activity of any kind without a permit of the relevant class; and

(d) whose presence in Kenya will be of benefit to Kenya.

 

CLASS M: Refugees
A person who has been granted refugee status in Kenya in accordance with the refugee law of Kenya and any other spouse of such refugee who intends to take up employment or engage in a specific occupation, trade, business or profession.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What does one need if they wish to work in Kenya?
A. The employer in Kenya should apply on your behalf for an Entry Work Permit to the Principal Immigration Officer

Q. What if I want to reside in Kenya without engaging in employment or any work paid or unpaid?
A. Apply for a class K permit directly to the Principal Immigration Officer.

Q. How do I get the entry permit form?
A. You can download it here.

Q. Do I send money to the Principal Immigration Officer the application form and fee?
A. No. The Principal Immigration Officer will let you know the outcome of your application, when and how much to pay.