How to apply for a work Permit or work VISA in, Kenya.

Application for a Class D Work Permit in Kenya.

A Class D Permit or an immigration Work Permit in Kenya, also commonly referred to as a Work VISA is issued to Foreign Nationals who wish to Work and reside in Kenya or seek specific employment in Kenya. Work Permits are also issued to Businesses and organizations wishing to employ foreign nationals to work and reside in Kenya.

The application of a Work permit is tedious and is specifically monitored to encourage Businesses and organizations to seek employees from qualified Kenyans locally. However, strategically qualified foreign Nationals or Key Employees for Foreign Companies qualify to apply for a Work Permit in Kenya.

How can I get work permit in Kenya?

To be able to live and work in Kenya, a foreign national who qualifies has to make an application for a work permit in Kenya.


Requirements for application for a Work Permit in Kenya.


To make an application for a Class D Work Permit in Kenya, you shall require the following.

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  1. Copies of academic qualification certificates and professional certificates of the applicant.
  2. Copy Registration certificate of the employing company or organization.
  3. Company PIN registration certificate of the company or organization.
  4. Documented evidence that the position to be filled cannot be filled by a Kenyan citizen.
  5. Tax compliance certificate of the employer company.
  6. Executed immigration application form 22.
  7. Passport photo of the applicant.
  8. Copy of passport of the applicant.
  9. Cover Letter from the company or organization offering employment.
  10. Contact information of the applicant. Email, Phone number, postal address and residential address.
  11. Contact information of the employer. Email, Phone number, postal address and residential address.

How to apply for a Work Permit in Kenya.

After compilation of all the Requirements. The application is made to the Director of Immigration Services Kenya.
There is an Non refundable application fee of Kenya Shillings 10,000.

Once the application has been processed and is successful an Approval certificate shall be issued containing the terms of the permit.


A Class D Work Permit costs Kshs 400,000 for a two year immigration Permit.

Benefits of a Work Permit in Kenya.

Upon a successful application for a work VISA, you shall be issued with a two year Work Permit. Some of the benefits include

  1. The applicant is free to work like a local in kenya.
  2. The applicant upon issuance of an alien certificate can apply for a PIN and be registered as a tax payer.
  3. The applicant may enter and exit Kenya without any VISA requirement or fees
  4. The applicant may purchase or invest in leasehold property in Kenya.
  5. The investor is free to open and operate bank accounts in Kenya.

Limitation of a Work Permit in Kenya.

The beneficiary of a work permit is limited to work strictly only under the sponsoring or employer company under which the application was issued.
Of course where the applicant is a consultant and the nature of work is such that he may be seconded to other companies or entities, this is permissible. However, it must be clearly indicated in the application.

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How much does work permit cost in Kenya?

The official fees for a work permit in Kenya include the following

  • Application fee KES 10,000
  • Permit Fee KES 100,000 per year. Paid max 2 years at a time.
  • Security Bond worth KES 100,000. Cost of Bond varies with the Insurance company or Bank
  • Consultation fee on request.

How do I cancel my work permit in Kenya?

A work permit may be canceled under the following circumstances

  • Upon resignation, the applicant should notify the department of immigration in Writing.
  • Upon termination of the employment contract. The employer should notify the immigration department in writing.
  • On change of Jobs. The permit holder should notify the immigration department and submit a new application.

Do East Africans need a work permit to work in Kenya?

Yes, All east Africans require a work permit in order to work in Kenya. It is however important to note that East Africans only pay for the application fee and are exempted from payment of the annual Permit fee.

Can I work while waiting for work permit?

No applicant should engage in or undertake any work before the permit is processed and issued. No immigrant can work in Kenya without a work permit.

How long does it take to process a work permit in Kenya?

The application process for a work Permit in Kenya can take between 3 to 6 months. Permits are processed at the pleasure of the immigration department.


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