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A Work Permit is a document issued by the Director of Immigration Services, under the provisions of section 40 of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011, to enable foreign national (s) enter Kenya and engage in trade, prospecting, farming, business, professional employment, missionary activities or even reside in Kenya.

The Director issues Work/Residence permits upon the recommendation of the Permit Determination Committee, an inter-ministerial Committee appointed by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government under section 40(1) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011.

Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Director regarding work/residence permit applications, may appeal to the Cabinet Secretary, for review of the decision (section 22(1) of Kenya Citizens and Foreign Nationals Management Service Act, 2011).

There are various classes of permits as provided for under Section 36(1), as read with the seventh schedule of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulations, 2012 as listed below:-

Work Permit Kenya: Permit Class A: (for prospecting and mining)

Permit (Class A) Application

This permit is issued to a person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in prospecting for minerals or mining in Kenya and who-

  • Has obtained, prospecting or mining right or licence that may be necessary for the purpose;
  • Has in his own right and at his full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose;
  • Whose engagement in the prospecting or mining will be of benefit to Kenya

What are the requirements

    • Duly filled and signed Form 25 online form. You will print out the form at the end of the application. You can also access your previous applications by clicking here
    • Two copies of detailed and signed cover letter from the employer/organization, addressed to the Director of Immigration Services
    • Copy of a valid national passport
    • Two(2) recent passport size colored photos (for both new and renewal)
    • Current Immigration status if in the country
    • Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution
    • Copy of any previous permit(s) and or pass (es) held
    • Necessary licenses and registrations to prospect for minerals to mine.
    • Proof of funds to invest, at least USD 100,000/=
    • Current License held for prospecting minerals (for renewals
    • Copy of PIN certificate
    • Current, Signed audited accounts for the last one year (for renewals)
    • Tax compliance certificate from KRA(for renewals)
    • Copy of Checklist. click here to download

How to apply

You need to:

      • Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
      • Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
      • Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the “Apply now” Link
      • Click on the “Submit Applications” tab and select the Permit Issuance/Renewal tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
      • After completing the application form, an invoice will be generated which you can see by clicking on “Dashboard” then “Payments” Tab. If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to make a payment.
      • If unable to pay using any of the online modes, print your application form by clicking on “Dashboard” then “My Applications” Tab (or click here to print your application). Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration headquaters (Nyayo house) for processing.
      • You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application.

Disclaimer

    • Processing fee is non refundable
    • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
    • Engaging in any form of business or employment without a requisite permit or pass is an offence.
    • Application print-outs must be presented to the Immigration headquaters.

Work Permit Kenya: Class B: (Agriculture and Animal husbandry)

Permit (Class B) Application

This permit is issued to a person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in the business of agriculture or animal husbandry in Kenya and who –

    • 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;
    • 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.

What are the requirements

      • Duly filled and signed Form 25 online form. You will print out the form at the end of the application. You can also access your previous applications by clicking here
      • Two copies of detailed and signed cover letter from the Company/organization, addressed to the Director of Immigration Services
      • Copy of a valid national passport
      • Two(2) recent passport size colored photos (for both new and renewal)
      • Current Immigration status if in the country
      • Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution
      • Copy of any previous permit(s) and or pass (es) held
      • Proof of land ownership/leasehold
      • Proof of capital availability (USD 100,000)
      • Clearance/license from relevant bodies
      • Copy of PIN certificate
      • Current, Signed audited accounts for the last one year (for renewals)
      • Tax compliance certificate from KRA(for renewals)
      • Copy of Checklist. click here to download

How to apply

You need to:

        • Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
        • Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
        • Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the “Apply now” Link
        • Click on the “Submit Applications” tab and select the Permit Issuance/Renewal tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
        • After completing the application form, an invoice will be generated which you can see by clicking on “Dashboard” then “Payments” Tab. If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to make a payment.
        • If unable to pay using any of the online modes, print your application form by clicking on “Dashboard” then “My Applications” Tab (If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to print your application). Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration headquaters (Nyayo house), for payments and processing.
        • You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application.

Work Permit Kenya: Class C: (Prescribed profession)

Permit (Class C) Application

This permit is issued to a person who is a member of a prescribed profession who intends to practice that profession, whether alone or in partnership, in Kenya and who –

  • Possesses the prescribed qualification (Eighth schedule of The Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulations, 2012)
  • Has in his/her own right and at his/her full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources
  • Is registered with the professional body, association or institute to which he/she belongs in his/her own country; and
  • Whose practice of that profession will be of benefit to Kenya

NOTE: The prescribed Professions, as provided for in the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulations, 2012 are; Medical profession, Dentists, Legal profession, Surveyors, Estate Agent, Valuer and Land Agent, Architects or Quantity surveyors, Pharmacists, Veterinary Surgeons, Engineers, Nursing Profession, Physiotherapists, Accountants, Chartered Secretaries, Actuaries, Scientist, Information and Communication Technology Experts.


What are the requirements

  • Duly filled and signed Form 25 online form. You will print out the form at the end of the application. You can also access your previous applications by clicking here
  • Two copies of detailed and signed cover letter from the employer/organization, addressed to the Director of Immigration Services
  • Copy of a valid national passport
  • Two(2) recent passport size colored photos (for both new and renewal)
  • Current Immigration status if in the country
  • Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution
  • Copy of any previous permit(s) and or pass (es) held
  • Tax compliance certificate from KRA (for renewals)
  • Proof of membership to a prescribed profession
  • Copies of certified academic and professional certificates
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Copy of PIN certificate
  • Copy of Checklist. click here to download

How to apply

You need to:

  • Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
  • Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
  • Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the “Apply now” Link
  • Click on the “Submit Applications” tab and select the Permit Issuance/Renewal tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
  • After completing the application form, an invoice will be generated which you can see by clicking on “Dashboard” then “Payments” Tab. If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to make a payment.
  • If unable to pay using any of the online modes, print your application form by clicking on “Dashboard” then “My Applications” Tab (or click here to print your application). Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration headquaters (Nyayo house), for payments and processing.
  • You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application.

Class D:(Employment)

Permit (Class D) Application

This permit is issued to 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.

What are the requirements

    • Duly filled and signed Form 25 – Issuance/permit renewal online form. You will print out the form at the end of the application. You can also access your previous applications by clicking here
    • Two copies of detailed and signed cover letter from the employer/organization/ self, addressed to the Director of Immigration Services
    • Copy of a valid national passport
    • Two(2) recent passport size colored photos (for both new and renewal)
    • Current Immigration status if in the country
    • Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution
    • Copy of any previous permit(s) and or pass (es) held
    • Duly certified copies of academic and professional certificates.
    • Curriculum vitae.
    • Duly filled Form 27(Report on Employment)
    • Name of the Kenyan understudy
    • Certified copies of academic/professional certificates of the Kenyan understudy
    • Curriculum vitae (CV) for the Kenyan understudy.
    • Full contact-address, email, cell phone, of the Kenyan understudy
    • Clearance letter from relevant institutions.
    • Certificate of company / organization registration.
    • Copy of Checklist. click here to download

How to apply

You need to:

    • Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
    • Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
    • Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the “Apply now” Link
    • Click on the “Submit Applications” tab and select the Permit Issuance/Renewal tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
    • After completing the application form, an invoice will be generated which you can see by clicking on “Dashboard” then “Payments” Tab. If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to make a payment.
    • If unable to pay using any of the online modes, print your application form by clicking on “Dashboard” then “My Applications” Tab (If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to print your application). Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration headquaters(Nyayo house), for payments and processing.
    • You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application.

Work Permit Kenya: Class F:(Specific manufacturing)

Permit (Class F) Application

This permit is issued to a person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in a specific manufacture in Kenya and who –

  • Has obtained any licence, registration or other authority or permission that may be necessary for the purpose;
  • Has in his own right and at his full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose;
  • Whose engagement in that manufacture will be of benefit to Kenya.

What are the requirements

  • Duly filled and signed Form 25 online form. You will print out the form at the end of the application. You can also access your previous applications by clicking here
  • Two copies of detailed and signed cover letter from the Company/organization, addressed to the Director of Immigration Services
  • Copy of a valid national passport
  • Two(2) recent passport size colored photos (for both new and renewal)
  • Current Immigration status if in the country
  • Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution
  • Copy of any previous permit(s) and or pass (es) held
  • Copy of license held
  • Proof of funds for investment (manufacturing) at least USD 100,000)
  • Registration certificate of the Company
  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Articles of Association
  • Signed audited accounts for the last one year (for renewals)
  • Copy of PIN certificate
  • Tax compliance certificate from KRA (for renewals)
  • Certificate of Incorporation of the company
  • Copy of Checklist. click here to download

How to apply

You need to:

    • Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
    • Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
    • Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the “Apply now” Link
    • Click on the “Submit Applications” tab and select the Permit Issuance/Renewal tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
    • After completing the application form, an invoice will be generated which you can see by clicking on “Dashboard” then “Payments” Tab. If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to make a payment.
    • If unable to pay using any of the online modes, print your application form by clicking on “Dashboard” then “My Applications” Tab (Or click here to print your application). Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration headquaters (Nyayo house), for payments and processing.
    • You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application.

Work Permit Kenya: Class G:(Specific trade, business or consultancy)

Permit (Class G) Application

This permit is issued to 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;

    • Has obtained any licence, registration or other authority or permission that may be necessary for the purpose;
    • Has in his/her own right and at his/her full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose;
    • Whose engagement in trade, business, consultancy or profession will be of benefit to Kenya.

What are the requirements

      • Duly filled and signed Form 25 online form. You will print out the form at the end of the application. You can also access your previous applications by clicking here
      • Two copies of detailed and signed cover letter from the Company/organization, addressed to the Director of Immigration Services
      • Copy of a valid national passport
      • Two(2) recent passport size colored photos (for both new and renewal)
      • Current Immigration status if in the country
      • Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution
      • Copy of any previous permit(s) and or pass (es) held
      • Documentary proof of capital to be invested at least USD 100,000
      • Certificate of incorporation of the company
      • Memorandum of understanding
      • Articles of association
      • Shareholding certificate (CR 12)
      • Copies of PIN certificate
      • Signed audited accounts for the last one year (for renewals)
      • Tax compliance certificate from KRA (for renewals)
      • List of kenyans already employed (for renewals)
      • Clearance letter from relevant insitutions.
      • Two copies of bank statement verification form (For new cases). Click here to download the verification form.
      • Provide a proof of offshore transaction receipt / slip.
      • Copy of Checklist. click here to download

How to apply

You need to:

      • Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
      • Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
      • Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the “Apply now” Link
      • Click on the “Submit Applications” tab and select the Permit Issuance/Renewal tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
      • After completing the application form, an invoice will be generated which you can see by clicking on “Dashboard” then “Payments” Tab. If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to make a payment.
      • If unable to pay using any of the online modes, print your application form by clicking on “Dashboard” then “My Applications” Tab (or click here to print your application). Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration headquaters(Nyayo house), for payments and processing.
      • You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application.

Work Permit Kenya: Class I: (Approved religious or charitable activities)

Permit (Class I) Application

This permit is issued to a person who is a member of an institution registered under the Society’s Act who is engaged as a missionary, Member of a company limited by guarantee, 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.
  • Member of an institution registered under the Society’s Act who is engaged as a missionary
  • Member of a company limited by guarantee.
  • 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.

What are the requirements

  • Duly filled and signed Form 25 online form. You will print out the form at the end of the application. You can also access your previous applications by clicking here
  • Two copies of detailed and signed cover letter from the employer/organization, addressed to the Director of Immigration Services
  • Copy of a valid national passport
  • Two(2) recent passport size colored photos (for both new and renewal)
  • Current Immigration status if in the country
  • Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution
  • Copy of any previous permit(s) and or pass (es) held
  • Copy of registration certificate of the organization
  • Certified copies of academic and professional certificates of the applicant
  • Certificate of registration of the organization.
  • Copy of Checklist. click here to download

How to apply

You need to:

  • Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
  • Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
  • Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the “Apply now” Link
  • Click on the “Submit Applications” tab and select the Permit Issuance/Renewal tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
  • After completing the application form, an invoice will be generated which you can see by clicking on “Dashboard” then “Payments” Tab. If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to make a payment.
  • If unable to pay using any of the online modes, print your application form by clicking on “Dashboard” then “My Applications” Tab (or click here to print your application). Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration headquaters(Nyayo house), for payments and processing.
  • You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application.

Work Permit Kenya: Class K:(Ordinary residents)

Permit (Class K) Application

This permit is issued to a person who;

    • Is not less that thirty-five years of age
    • Has in his own right and at his full and free disposition an assured annual income of not less than USD 24,000 amount 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; Is derived from sources outside, and will be remitted to Kenya; or Is derived from pension or annuity payable from, sources in Kenya/li>
    • 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;
    • Whose presence in Kenya will be of benefit to Kenya

What are the requirements

      • Duly filled and signed Form 25 online form. You will print out the form at the end of the application. You can also access your previous applications by clicking here
      • Two copies of detailed and signed cover letter from self, addressed to the Director of Immigration Services
      • Copy of a valid national passport
      • Two(2) recent passport size colored photos (for both new and renewal)
      • Current Immigration status if in the country
      • Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution
      • Copy of any previous permit(s) and or pass (es) held
      • Documentary proof of annual assured income of atleast USD 24,000 per annum
    • Copy of Checklist. click here to download

How to apply

You need to:

    • Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
    • Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
    • Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the “Apply now” Link
    • Click on the “Submit Applications” tab and select the Permit Issuance/Renewal tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
    • After completing the application form, an invoice will be generated which you can see by clicking on “Dashboard” then “Payments” Tab. If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to make a payment.
    • If unable to pay using any of the online modes, print your application form by clicking on “Dashboard” then “My Applications” Tab (Or click here to print your application). Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration headquaters (Nyayo house), for payments and processing.
    • You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application.

Work Permit Kenya: Class M:(Refugees)

Permit (Class M) Application

This permit is issued to a person who has been granted refugee status in Kenya in accordance with the refugee law of Kenya and any spouse of such a refugee who intends to take up employment or engage in a specific occupation, trade, business or profession.

What are the requirements

  • Duly filled and signed Form 25 online form. You will print out the form at the end of the application. You can also access your previous applications by clicking here
  • Two copies of detailed and signed cover letter from the employer/organization/ self, addressed to the Director of Immigration Services
  • Copy of a valid national passport
  • Two(2) recent passport size colored photos (for both new and renewal)
  • Current Immigration status if in the country
  • Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution
  • Copy of any previous permit(s) and or pass (es) held
  • Recommendation letter from the Department of Refugee Affairs
  • Copy of Checklist. click here to download

How to apply

You need to:

  • Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
  • Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
  • Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the “Apply now” Link
  • Click on the “Submit Applications” tab and select the Permit Issuance/Renewal tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
  • Print your application form by clicking on “Dashboard” then “My Applications” Tab (If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to print your application). Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration headquaters(Nyayo house) for processing.
  • You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application.

Work Permit Kenya: Exemption

Exemption Application

This permit is issued any person or class or description of persons, exempted by the cabinet secretary from provisions of obtaining a work permit by notice in the gazette. (Section 34 (3)(g) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011).

What are the requirements

    • Duly filled and signed Form 25 – Issuance/permit renewal online form. You will print out the form at the end of the application. You can also access your previous applications by clicking here
    • Two copies of detailed and signed cover letter from the employer/organization/ self, addressed to the Director of Immigration Services
    • Copy of a valid national passport
    • Two(2) recent passport size photos (for both Renewal and New cases)
    • Current Immigration status if in the country
    • Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution
    • Copy of the gazette notice
    • Copy of duly signed host country agreement
    • Copy of Checklist. click here to download

How to apply

You need to:

    • Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
    • Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
    • Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the “Apply now” Link
    • Click on the “Submit Applications” tab and select the Permit Issuance/Renewal tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
    • Print your application form by clicking on “Dashboard” then “My Applications” Tab (If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to print your application). Present your application with all the requirements at the Immigration headquaters (Nyayo house),for processing.
    • You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application.
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