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 made online on https://fns.immigration.go.ke/infopack/permits/

Film Permit

The Department of Film Services (DFS) of Kenya licenses all local and foreign crews undertaking filming in the country. In order to obtain a license, one copy of the script and a story synopsis must be sent to the Film Licensing officer. For documentaries the licenses are issued within minutes of application and for feature films and dramas within two days of application.

All applications for licenses to film in Kenya should be addressed to:

The Film Licensing Officer
Department of Film Services,
Ministry of Information and Communications,
P. O. Box 74934 - 00200, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: 254-20-650501/650120/1/2/3,
Fax: 254-20-553003/553849
E-mail: licensing@filmservices.go.ke

Local Filming Agents

1) Private production companies or individuals are requested to submit their applications through a local agent registered with the Ministry. This requirement is mandatory for all applications to make feature films or documentaries.

2) Government agencies may submit their applications through the local agents or through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Immigration
There are no restrictions in Kenya on how many expatriate crew members or artists can arrive per production. Advance notice is more of a courtesy than a requirement. Crew members and artists may arrive in Kenya on a visitor's pass prior to the film work permit being processed.

Film License Form
The Ministry would like to inform all foreign production companies that Kenya has a considerable number of experienced technical staff in filming techniques. We therefore recommend that producers should reserve as many places as possible for local crew.

For further information, please visit this link: www.kenyafilmcommission.com

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.

 

STUDENT/RESEARCH/INTERNSHIP PASS

This is issued to non-Kenyans those who:

1. Wish to study in Kenya

2. Wish to attend school in Kenya

3. Wish to do official volunteer work/FSJ in Kenya

4. Wish to take up paid or unpaid volunteer work in Kenya

5. Wish to conduct research work in Kenya

The application documents and information can be found on https://fns.immigration.go.ke/infopack/permits/

 

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 Director of Immigration Services

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 Director of Immigration Services


Q. How do I get the entry permit form?

A. You can get it from https://fns.immigration.go.ke/infopack/permits/