Kenya has a ‘Special Pass’ which allows the applicant to conduct short term business activities for a period not exceeding 3 months. The applicant, on this pass, can temporarily conduct business, trade or profession in Kenya. This is often used as an interim work permit whilst the application for the long term work permit is pending.
There are various different types of long term work permits namely, Class A to Class M. Work permits are differentiated between means of activity and/or the industry the applicant will be working in. Class D is the most popular work permit applied for in Kenya and is for persons offered specific employment by a specific employer.
Class C permits are for prescribed professions such as lawyers, engineers, doctors, accountants and architects.
Class K permits are for persons aged at least 35 who can prove an assured annual income of an amount prescribed by the Kenyan Immigration Law.