Work authorization is issued by the Department of Immigration Services. Work permits under 3 months do not require local residence. However, if the applicant will be working in Kenya for a period longer than 3 months he/she needs to apply for an ‘alien registration certificate’ which enables the applicant to legally reside in Kenya.
All applications for Kenyan work permits must first be applied for online, once approved, IBN will submit a physical application in Kenya. The application for the work permit will be submitted by our local provider because local authorities need to be approached. After approval of the Department of Immigration Services, the application for the alien registration certificate must also be submitted at the Department of Immigration Services.
It is important to ensure that the work permit application is commenced as early as possible as requirements and procedures are likely to change at times and can affect the applicant’s work start date.
Most countries required, apart from the work permit, an entry visa. African passport holders may obtain an entry visa on arrival and non-African passports may obtain a visa prior to arrival, such visa is valid for a single entry. Recently the Kenyan government changed the legislation, and now holders of work permits or dependants no longer need to obtain entry visas when re-entering Kenya as their work permit now allows for free travel in and out of country.