Kenya has made it more difficult for foreigners to obtain work permits and visas to protect its Kenyan citizen. When many people migrate into certain country they are many challenges that may come up. If the governments don’t plan well, resource will not be enough for everyone. Visa and work permit application in Kenya is done online .From having to submit applications online and through the mail to limiting the number of hired foreign workers in favor of Kenyans; companies have to follow many of the country’s policies, some of which make it more difficult to start working with a foreign team.

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What Types of Kenya Work Permits Are Available to foreigners?

Kenya organizes its work permits into different classes based on what activities a foreigner will undertake in the country. The categories include:

Class A: For anyone entering the prospecting and mining industries.

Class B: For individuals interested in agriculture or animal husbandry.

Class C: For anyone who is a member of a prescribed profession who will practice it alone or in a partnership in Kenya.

Class D: This permit is meant for people offered specific employment with an employer, the Kenyan government, any authority under the Kenyan government, the United Nations (U.N.), or another approved agency. Anyone applying for a class D Kenya work permit must have skills and qualifications not available in the country.

Class F: For people who want to engage in specific manufacturing activities.

Class G: For anyone who wants to enter a certain trade, business, consultancy role, or profession.

Class I: For individuals undertaking religious or charitable activities.

Class K: For ordinary residents at least 35 years old with an annual income of a certain amount from sources other than employment.

Class M: This permit is for anyone granted refugee status in the country.

Keep in mind that all work permits are typically valid for two years with the option to renew for an extra two years. Your employees can renew their work permits an unlimited number of times, but they must do it at least three months before the permit expires.

Requirements to Obtain a Work Permit in Kenya

As the employer, you’re required to apply for work permits on behalf of employees. Each type of Kenya work permit has its own specific documentation, but they all require the following:

Filled out and signed application form

Cover letter from you, the employer

Copies of the foreigner’s passport

Two color, passport-size photos

Payment of the application fee

Kenya emphasizes hiring locals over foreign nationals, which is why a committee decides whether to approve or reject a work permit application based on the impact the employment will have on the country’s economy. They also look at how many jobs it will create for Kenyans and check details about the applicant’s country of origin, such as its economy, criminal statistics, and security threats.

Work permit applicants do not have to reach a minimum salary level, but every applicant must have a Kenyan understudy trained to take the position. Keep in mind, though, that the work permit categories your employees apply for can change without notice, which will also modify the requirements.

Kenya Work Permit Application Process

The first step to obtaining a work permit is applying at the Department of Immigration and submitting all the required documentation above on their website. The department then presents the application to a committee for approval, which can take from two to six months. Your employees will receive a notification of either approval or rejection.

Any foreigner planning to stay in Kenya for more than three months must register as an alien and get an alien registration card from the Department of Immigration. The alien card functions similarly to a residence permit. Keep in mind that a residence permit itself can take two to four months for approval.

The process commences at the application stage which is facilitated by the Department of Immigration on the Kenyan Immigration portal ( This is the official digital payments platform that enables foreign nationals to access and pay government services online. One thus needs to first set up an account through the following link

An application form provided on the platform needs to be duly filled. Depending on the category or class of permit, the following need to be provided as you fill the relevant application form. This applies to all types of permits:

Cover letter from employer/self/organization; depending on the class

Copies of the National Passport

Two recent colored passport size photographs

Application fees upon receipt of approval of the application

The duly completed application forms are then submitted.

Work permits are issued for a period of two years and so applications for renewal herein ought to be done three months prior to the expiry date. This is for purposes of giving the department ample time to properly verify the application so that the renewal can happen systematically. If employment or work comes to an end before the expiry of the work permit, the person will be required to surrender the work permit and the foreigner’s certificate to the immigration offices and then go back to his/her home country.

If the documents are in foreign languages they should be translated into English by the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized or recognized institution.