Working in Kenya

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The employer in Kenya is responsible for securing the expat employee’s work permit. These are only granted to foreigners if the company in Kenya can prove that a Kenyan citizen can’t fulfill the position adequately.

It can be assumed that if a company is hiring from overseas they have already gone through the process of warranting foreign employment, and expats will not need to be involved in proving their merit to the government. Self employed expats have to go through the entire process on their own. Expats creating their own business in Kenya have to secure licenses and warrant enough capital to receive a work and business permit. Volunteers and employees of aid agencies in Kenya should have their organizations arrange for their visa if required.

PERMITS
Entry Permits are issued to any Non-Kenyan wishing to engage in employment in Kenya whether in gainful employment or voluntary service.
The Entry Permits issued by the Department are classified from A to M inclusive. They are issued under Section 5 of the Immigration Act Cap 172 Laws of Kenya. The following are the various classes of Permits and their respective requirements:-

Class A
This issued to a person who is offered specific employment by a specific employer who is qualified to undertake that employment.
REQUIREMENTS

Class D
Entry permit issued to a holder of Kenya Dependant’s pass who is offered specific employment by specific employer who is qualified to undertake that employment.
REQUIREMENTS

Class E
Entry permit issued to a member of missionary society approved by the Government of Kenya and whose presence is beneficial to the country.
REQUIREMENTS

Class F

REQUIREMENTS

Class G
Issued to persons who intend to engage in prospecting for minerals or mining.
REQUIREMENTS

Class H
Entry permit issued to investors in trade or business (other that a prescribed profession)
REQUIREMENTS

Class I
Entry permit issued to investors in the manufacturing sector.
REQUIREMENTS

Class J
Entry permit issued to persons wishing to practice certain prescribed professions.
REQUIREMENTS

Class K
Entry permit issued to persons who have an assured income derived from sources outside and undertakes not to accept paid employment of any kind.
REQUIREMENTS

Class L
Entry permit issued to retired residents in Kenya.
REQUIREMENTS

Class M
Entry permit issued to Conventional Refugees.
REQUIREMENTS
•    Recognition letters from UNHCR and Department of Refugee Affairs.
•    Permit is issued gratis.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

NOTE:

Passes
Pupils Pass
This is document issued to person(s) seeking to enter and remain in the country for the purpose of receiving education or training at an educational or training establishment within the country by which he/she has been accepted as a student/pupil.

REQUIREMENTS

FEE FOR PUPILS PASS
Ksh.2,000/= per year or part of
http://www.immigration.go.ke/images/arrow-readon.gifDownload Application Form for Pupil Pass

Dependant Pass
REQUIRMENTS


FEE FOR DEPENDANT PASS
Ksh. 1,000/= for immediate (nuclear) family members
Ksh. 5,000/= for other dependants
http://www.immigration.go.ke/images/arrow-readon.gifDownload Dependant Pass Application Form (Form 6)

Special Pass

This is a document issued to person(s) given specific employment by specific employer for a short duration not exceeding three(3) months
REQUIREMENTS


FEE FOR SPECIAL PASS
Ksh. 2,000/= for filming crew
Ksh. 12,000/= for the others