There are different types or classes of work permits available in Kenya. For business owners who have registered their companies in Kenya and are looking to work in Kenya, they will need to apply for Class G work permit which is valid for two (2) years and subject to renewal.
Permit fees are around Ksh. 100,000 or $1,000 (not including the processing fees of $100 or Ksh 10,000)
To apply, the applicant is required to have eFNS account where they can fill a permit application form (Form 25), print it out with a permit cover letter (details of the type of business expected to be conducted and the role of the applicant in the company all on company letterhead), and certificate of incorporation (or copy of certificate of compliance).
The applicant will also need to provide Memorandum (Form CR2) if you had registered your company in Kenya. However if you had opened a branch of foreign company, you need to make sure that the memorandum has been notarised from country of origin.
The applicant’s bank statement needs to show investment of at least $100,000, Passport photo, Passport and Company PIN needs to be provided.
It will cost Ksh. 10,000 to processing the application. Make sure you keep the receipt issued as you will be required to provide as proof of payment.
The next step is to get the notification of approval for an entry permit. You will need the original payment receipt for permit processing fees in order to obtain the notification of approval letter.
If you are using a representative to make your application on your behalf, you will need to give them a letter of authority from your company, giving permission to your representative to act on your behalf.
At this stage, you will be required to make payment of Ksh. 100,000 towards the permit fees. You will need to provide a copy of security bond and original letter of approval before you are issued with a payment receipt for class G permit. Make sure you do the payment of Ksh. 100,000 within 30 days of being issued with letter of approval. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of application.
You can collect or have your representative pick up the class G work permit once it is ready. For the documents to be handed over by department of immigration, an original payment receipt will need to be presented as proof of the application.
For permit endorsement, you can have an entry permit that will authorize you to enter Kenya within a period of 6 months from the date of issue and to remain in Kenya for the period indicated for class G permit.
From time to time, the Department of Immigration can change the requirements and costs. So it is important that you check with them for accurate information.
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