Department of Immigration Services 2018-05-25T06:34:58+00:00

Permits

Permits.
Work/Residence Permits are issued to any Non-Kenyan wishing to engage in employment in Kenya whether in gainful employment or voluntary service. The Work/Residence Permits issued by the Department are classified from A to M inclusive. They are issued under Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act 2011 of Laws of Kenya. The following are the various classes of Permits and their respective requirements:

General Requirements

  • Dully filled and signed application Form 3.
  • Covering letter from employer/self/organization depending on the class (as applicable)
  • Copies of the National Passport.
  • Two coloured Passport size photographs.NOTE:
  • Application fees are only payable upon receipt of an approval notification.
  • Dully completed Entry Permit applications should be submitted at immigration Aliens counter 9 located atNyayo House Ground floor (south wing) for acknowledgement.
  • Applications for renewal of entry permits should be done three months prior to expiry date.
  • These permits are normally issued for period of two years.

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

Class A Requirements.

  • One should obtain or is assured to obtain the necessary licenses and registrations.
  • For renewals current license held for prospecting minerals and copy of PIN is required.
  • One has sufficient capital or resources for investment.
  • Processing Fee Kshs.10,000 non-refundable.

Class B.
Work permit issued to persons wishing to invest in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.

Class B Requirements.

  • Proof of land ownership or leasehold interest in land for the purpose.
  • Proof of capital available for the purpose.
  • Clearance from relevant bodies.
  • For renewals current license held for prospecting minerals and copy of PIN is required.
  • Processing Fee Kshs.10,000 non-refundable.
  • Fee is Kshs. 100,000/= per year or part thereof.

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

Class D Requirements.

  • Copies of academic/professional certificates along with the CV.
  • Evidence that the organization failed to fill the vacancy from the local labor market.
  • Form 25 dully filled, signed and sealed by the company.
  • Processing Fee Kshs.10,000 non-refundable.
  • Fee is Ksh. 200,000/= per year or part thereof.

Class G.
Work permit issued to investors in specific trade, business or consultancy.

Class G Requirements.

  • Documentary proof of capital to be invested/already invested minimum of 100,000 US dollars or equivalent in any other currency.
  • Registration certificate of the company OR certificate of incorporation.
  • Copies of personal and company PIN (Personal Identification Number) if business is running.
  • For renewals; audited accounts for previous 2 years and a certificate of tax compliance from the Kenya Revenue Authority.
  • Processing Fee Kshs.10,000 non-refundable.
  • Fee is Kshs. 100,000/= per year or part thereof.

Class I.
Work/Residence permit issued to a member of missionary society approved by the Government of Kenya and whose presence is beneficial to the country.

Class I Requirements.

  • A copy of registration certificate of the organization.
  • Academic and professional certificates of the applicant.
  • Processing Fee Kshs.1,000 non-refundable.
  • Fee is Kshs. 5,000/= per year or part thereof.

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

Class K Requirements.

  • Documentary proof of assured income is required for Class K.
  • Processing Fee Kshs.10,000 non-refundable.
  • Fee is Kshs. 100,000/= per year or part thereof.

Class M.
Work permit issued to Conventional Refugees.

Class M Requirements.

  • Recognition letters from UNHCR and Department of Refugee Affairs.
  • Processing Fee Gratis.
  • Permit is issued gratis.

REQUIREMENTS AND WORK PROCESSES FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY:

Under Section 37 of the Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011, the following categories of applicants, their children and spouses detailed below are eligible upon meeting the prescribed requirements. In normal practice holders of permanent residency are expected to be domiciled in the country.

(Ex-Citizens of Kenya) Applicants who were Kenya citizens at birth but now:

  1. Have renounced or lost citizenship status.
  2. Are denied the opportunity by their countries of domicile from holding dual citizenship
  3. The children and spouses of the above mentioned applicants.

Requirements

  • Application letter
  • Dully filled Form-23
  • Dully filled Qustionaire-Work Permit Holders for intending applicants- Category A
  • Proof of Previous Kenya Citizenship-Copy of birth certificate/ Identity card/or Passport
  • Certified copy of the current passport
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Police Clearance Certificate issued by country of domicile
  • Processing fees KSHS: 10,000.00 (NON REFUNDABLE)
  • Issuance fees KSHS: 15.000.00 (PAYABLE ONCE UPON APPROVAL)

( Lawful Residents of Kenya) Applicants who have held work permits for at least 7 years; (i) And have been continuously resident in the country for three years immediately preceding the permanent residence application. (ii) The children and spouses of the above mentioned applicants. Requirements Applicants must provide proof of lawful residence on work permits for a minimum of 7 years and with continuous 3 years residency in Kenya preceding the application for permanent residency. Applicants must demonstrate a strong position to make tangible contribution to socio-economic development of the country hence priority will be given to investors and highly qualified professionals. In, this framework, applicants may be required to appear in person for interview to confirm or verify these facts.

Documentary Requirements:

  • Application letter
  • Dully filled Form 23
  • Dully filled questionnaire for intending applicants- Category B
  • Dully filled Residence status form
  • Copy of the Work permit(s)
  • Copy of the passport
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Police Clearance Certificate (Original)
  • Processing fees KSHS: 10,000.00 (NON REFUNDABLE)
  • Issuance fees KSHS: 500,000.00 (PAYABLE ONCE UPON APPROVAL)


Spouses

  • Application letter
  • Dully filled Form 23
  • Dully filled questionnaire for intending applicants- Category B
  • Dully filed Residence status form
  • Demonstrate marriage and family life
  • Certified copy of the marriage certificate
  • Copy of dependant pass/ work permit(s)
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Police Clearance Certificate (Original)
  • Processing Fees KSHS: 10,000.00 (NON REFUNDABLE)
  • Issuance Fees KSHS:500,000.00 (PAYABLE ONCE UPON APPROVAL)


Children (below 18 years)

  • Application letter
  • Dully filled Form 23
  • Dully filled questionnaire for intending applicants- Category B
  • Certified copy of the birth certificate
  • Certified copies of the parents birth certificates/
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Copy of dependant pass
  • Processing Fees KSHS: 10,000.00 (NON REFUNDABLE)
  • Issuance Fees KSHS:500,000.00 (PAYABLE ONCE UPON APPROVAL)

(Children of Kenya Citizens) Children of Kenya Citizens born outside the country and have acquired foreign citizenship of their country of residence/domicile. NOTE: Applicants may qualify for Kenya Citizenship. Requirements

  • Application letter
  • Dully filled Form-23-Application for Permanent Residence
  • Dully filled questionnaire for intending applicants- Category C
  • Certified copies of the birth certificate
  • Certified copies of the parents birth certificates/ Kenya Passport(s)/ Identity Card(s)
  • Certified copy of the current passport
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Processing Fees KSHS:
  • Issuance Fees KSHS:

CATEGORY: D (Spouses of Kenya Citizens) Applicants who are spouses of Kenya citizens married for at least three years. Applicants must give ample proof of marriage and family life besides documentation furnished. In this framework, applicants may be required to appear in person for interview to confirm or verify these facts. Requirements

  • Application letter by Kenyan spouse
  • Dully filled Form-23-Application for Permanent Residence
  • Dully filled Questionnaire for intending applicants- Category D
  • Dully filled Residence status form
  • Police Clearance Certificate ( Original)
  • Demonstrate marriage and family life
  • Certified copy of the marriage certificate
  • Copies of either passport/Identity card/ and birth certificate of Kenyan spouse
  • Copy of passport /birth certificate/ of the foreign spouse
  • Copies of work permit(s)/dependant pass of spouse if resident in Kenya
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Processing fees KSHS: 5,000.00 (NON REFUNDABLE)
  • Issuance fees KSHS: 50,000.00 (PAYABLE ONCE UPON APPROVAL)


NOTE: A joint sworn Affidavit by the spouses should be attached if marriage was not solemnized in Kenya.