Kenya

Kenya Permits

Entry Permits

Q. What does one need if they wish to work in Kenya as employees?

A. The employer in Kenya should apply for the Entry Work Permit from the Principal Immigration Officer whose address is P.O Box 30191, Nairobi.

Q. How do I get the entry permit form?

A. By downloading form 3 at www.Kenyahighcommission.net

Q. Do I send money to the Principal Immigration Office with the application form?

A. No. The Immigration Office will let you know when and how much to pay.

WORK PERMIT IN KENYA

GENERAL

Applications may be considered when submitted by prospective employers on behalf of their prospective employees. These may not normally be approved unless the prospective employer(s) can show evidence that they have been unable to fill the particular post(s) due to lack of suitably qualified personnel in the Kenya Labour Market. Those seeking to work in Kenya must therefore ensure that their prospective employers have secured appropriate Entry/Work Permits before they proceed to Kenya.

Foreigners who wish to engage either alone or in Partnership in Business, specific trade or profession would have to furnish evidence that they have obtained or are assured of obtaining relevant licence(s), Registration or other authority that may be necessary in order to engage in the contemplated business, trade or profession.

In addition, they would be required to prove that they have sufficient capital derived from sources outside Kenya which is certain to be remitted to Kenya for the purpose.

Those who have attained retirement age and wish to emigrate to Kenya may make application for issue of Entry/Work Permit under Class K to the Principal Immigration Office, Nairobi.

They should have in their own right and at their full and fee disposition on assured annual income derived from sources outside Kenya and will be remitted to Kenya or derived from property situated, or a pension or annuity payable from a sufficient investment capital to produce such assured income that will be brought into and invested in Kenya.

Applicants for Entry/Work Permit(s) of this class must undertake not to accept paid employment of any kind should they be granted Entry/Work of this class.

CLASSES OF ENTRY/WORK PERMIT

Class A: A person who is offered specific employment by a specific employer who is qualified to undertake that employment, and whose engagement in that employment will be of benefit to Kenya.

Class B: A person who is offered specific employment by the Government of Kenya, the East African Community or any other person or authority under the control of the Government or the Community, and whose engagement in that employment will be of benefit to Kenya.

Class C: A person who is offered specific employment under an approved technical aid scheme under the United Nations Organisation or some other approved agency (not being an exempted person under section 4(3) of this Act), and whose engagement in that employment will be of benefit to Kenya.

Class D: A person, being the holder of a dependant's pass, who is offered specific employment by specific employer, whose engagement in that employment will be of benefit to Kenya.

Class E: A person who is a member of a missionary society approved by the Government of Kenya, and whose presence in Kenya will be of benefit to Kenya.

Class F: 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 permission 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 G: A person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in prospecting for minerals or mining in Kenya, and who:

(a) has obtained, or is assured of obtaining any 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 whose engagement in that business will be of benefit to Kenya.

Class H: A person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in a specific trade, business or profession (other than a prescribed profession) in Kenya, and who:

(a) has obtained, or is assured of obtaining, 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 whose engagement in that trade, business or profession will be to the benefit of Kenya.

Class I: A person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in a specific manufacture in Kenya, and who:

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

(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 manufacture will be to the benefit of Kenya.

Class J: A member of a prescribed profession who intends to practise that profession, whether alone or in partnership, in Kenya, and who:

(a) possesses the prescribed qualifications; and

(b) has in his own right and at his full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose, and whose practice of that profession will be to the benefit of Kenya.

Class K: A person who:

(a) is not less than 21 years of age; and

(b) has in his own right and at his full and free disposition assured annual income of not less than the prescribed amount being an income that is assured, and 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 property situated, or a pension or annuity payable from, sources in Kenya; or

(iii) will be derived from a sufficient investment capital to produce such assured income that will be brought into and invested in Kenya; and

(c) undertakes not to accept paid employment of any kind should be he be granted an Entry Permit of this class, and whose presence in Kenya will be of benefit to Kenya.

Class L: A person who is not in employment, whether paid or unpaid, and who under the repealed Acts was issued with resident's certificate, or who would have on application been entitled to the issue of such certificate, or who has held an Entry Permit or Entry Permits (whether issued under this Act or the repealed Acts or both) of any of the foregoing classes of Entry Permits A-K for a continuous period of not less than ten years immediately before the date of application, and whose presence in Kenya will be of benefit to Kenya.

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