Application for a Special pass in kenya.

What is a special pass in Kenya?

An immigration special Pass is is an immigration permit issued to Foreign Nationals or Foreign Business representatives wishing to work, conduct Business, consult, volunteer or generally to carry on business activities in the country for a short period of time.

A special Pass may be issued for a Month or for a duration not exceeding three Months and is generally not renewable or transferable after three months.

Can I work on special pass in Kenya?

A foreigner issued with a Special pass can work in Kenya for the duration provided in the Special pass and for the specific entity applicant, under which the pass is provided.

Requirements for application of a Special Pass in Kenya

To make an application for a Special Pass in Kenya, you shall require the following.

  • Application Form .
  • Copy Registration certificate of company or Organization.
  • Cover Letter in the Company or organization letter head.
  • Copies of Qualification certificates of the applicant.
  • CV of the applicant.
  • Passport photo of the applicant.
  • Copy of passport of the applicant.
  • Contact information of the applicant. Email address, Phone number, postal address, residential address.
  • Contact information of the Employer. Email, Phone number, postal address and physical address of the company or organization.

How to apply for a Special Pass in Kenya.

The application for a Special Pass in Kenya, with all the requirements is made to the Director of Immigration Services Kenya

After meeting special pass application requirements and submitting the prescribed forms together with the prescriber forms. the Special pass is processed.

Once the Kenya Special pass application is successful, a Special Pass Approval certificate shall be issued with the terms of payment for the Permit. Upon payment, The certificate of special pass is issued.

special pass Kenya checklist

  1. Cover letter of the Business or organization.
  2. Copy of Bio data page of the applicants passport.
  3. Passport photo of the applicant.
  4. Copy of certificate of registration of the company or organization.
  5. Contact information of the applicant.
  6. Contact information of the employer.

How long does it take to obtain a special pass in Kenya?

The application and processing of a Special pass can take between 2 weeks to one month.

How do I renew / extent my Kenya special pass?

Generally a special pass is not extended or renewable beyond three months. However, in certain cases it may be extended. Such as

  1. Where the applicant has a pending permit in process.
  2. Where the objective or purpose of issuance of the Special pass is incomplete and upon application to immigration department in writing.
  3. Etc - Any such extension is done at the pleasure of the Immigration department.

Can i apply for a Special pass before my work permit

Employers who require a foreigner employee to start work in Kenya immedialty should first apply for a special pass. After it is approved, paid for and issued, the employee can then travel to Kenya and apply for a work permit.

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The Kenya Special pass check List highlights all the requirements for a Special pass to be approved. Down load the checklist here. Immigration check List.

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