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Work Permits




Work Permits

A Work Permit is a document issued by the Director of Immigration Services, under the provisions of section 40 of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011, to enable foreign nationals/expatriates enter Kenya and legally engage in trade, employment or other income/non-income generating activities while residing in Kenya.


  • Class A: Prospecting and mining

    This permit is issued to a person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in prospecting for minerals or mining in Kenya Learn More

  • Class B: Agriculture and animal husbandry

    This permit is issued to a person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in the business of agriculture or animal husbandry in Kenya.Learn More

  • Class C: Prescribed profession

    This permit is issued to a person who is a member of a prescribed profession who intends to practice that profession, whether alone or in partnership, in Kenya.Learn More

  • Class D: Employment

    This permit is issued to a person who is offered specific employment by a specific employer, the government of Kenya or any other person or authority under the control of the Government or an approved technical aid scheme under the United Nations Organization or some other approved Agency (not being an exempted person under section 34 (3), who is in possession of skills or qualifications that are not available in Kenya and whose engagement in that employment will be of benefit to Kenya.Learn More

  • Class F: Specific manufacturing

    This permit is issued to a person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in a specific manufacture in Kenya.Learn More

  • Class G: Investors Permit

    This permit is issued to a person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in a specific trade, business, consultancy or profession (other than a prescribed profession) in Kenya.Learn More

  • Class I: Approved religious or charitable activities

    This permit is issued to a person who is a member of an institution registered under the Society's Act who is engaged as a missionary, Member of a company limited by guarantee, Member of a trust registered under the Trustees Act and is approved by the Government of Kenya, and whose presence in Kenya will be of benefit to Kenya.Learn More

  • Class K: Ordinary Residents

    This permit is issued to a person who is not less that thirty-five years of age; and has in his own right and at his full and free disposition an assured annual income of not less than the prescribed amount that is derived from sources other than any such employment, occupation, trade, business or profession.Learn More

  • Class M: Refugees

    This permit is issued to a person who has been granted refugee status in Kenya in accordance with the refugee law of Kenya and any spouse of such a refugee who intends to take up employment or engage in a specific occupation, trade, business or profession.Learn More

  • Exemption

    This is issued to any person or class or description of persons, exempted by the Cabinet Secretary from the provisions of obtaining a work permit by notice in the Gazette. (Section 34 (3)(g) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011).Learn More