Kenya support services

Kenya employment and residence visas

  • To support Kenya company formation, Healy Consultants assists our Client obtains employment and residence visas from the Immigration Department of Kenya to allow them to live and work in Kenya following Kenya business setup. We are proud to say that our approval rate is still 100%. Healy Consultants fee to assist our Client obtain a work permit is US$4,950;
  • The employment of foreign workers in Kenya is closely regulated, with a valid work permit required following Kenya company formation and Kenya business setup. A letter from the inviting organization is generally required for a foreign employment visa;
  • Kenya only has visa-free agreements with the other members of the East African Community (Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda). However, a single entry visa allows for re-entry to Kenya from any of these countries without the need to apply for a multiple entry visa.

Entrepreneur visa (Class G)

  • Entrepreneurs interested in Kenya company formation and Kenya business setup can apply for a Class G work permit in Kenya. This work permit allows entrepreneurs to live in Kenya and manage their business. A Class G work permit can only be applied for following Kenya company formation;
  • A successful Class G work permit application requires the following from an applicant:
    • Proof of being a shareholder in a Kenya incorporated company;
    • Proof of sufficient capital to support Kenya company registration. Foreigners are required to show proof of at least US$100,000 in available capital, either from a Kenyan bank account statement showing said capital, or an auditors report showing that the applicant has invested said capital in to the Kenyan company;
    • A list of directors of the Kenya business setup, issued from the Companies Registry;
    • A tax PIN certificate of the applicant;
    • Completed application form and payment of fees.
  • If all conditions are successfully met, the application will likely be approved. The approval process may take from 2 – 6 months, depending on how frequently the Ministry of Immigration committee sits and the number of applications to be processed.

Employment pass (Class D)

  • A Class D work permit applies to investors, skilled workers, professionals, and senior management in companies. This permit allows foreigners to be employed at a Kenya business setup. This permit is more difficult to obtain, as the Ministry of Immigration looks to prevent companies from hiring foreigners where a Kenyan could fill the position;
  • A successful Class D work permit requires the following from an applicant:
    • A letter from the employer explaining why the applicant is most suitable for the position and why the job was offered to the applicant as opposed to a Kenyan. The letter should detail the applicant’s strengths, including their experience, training ability and qualifications;
    • A signed copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae;
    • Originals and copies of the applicant’s educational and professional certificates;
    • A completed application form, signed by the applicant and the employer.
  • If all conditions are successfully met, the application will likely be approved. The approval process may take from 2 – 6 months, depending on how frequently the Ministry of Immigration committee sits and the number of applications to be processed.

Kenya corporate banking options

International Banks in Kenya
Local Banks in Kenya
Standard charteredNational Bank of Kenya
CitibankBank of Africa
  • Healy Consultants can open a local corporate bank account for a foreign company without having to set up a local company in Kenya. According to the Kenya Companies Act, a foreign company is only required to obtain a Certificate of Compliance from the Companies Registry in order to warrant corporate bank account approval;
  • Banks in Kenya provide the full range of corporate account facilities including multiple currencies, internet banking, telephone banking, checking accounts, savings accounts, debit and credit cards, and wealth management services;
  • To receive the best internet banking and customer service for Kenya business setup, Healy Consultants recommends using the services of international banks Standard Chartered and Citibank for most bank account solutions for Kenya company formation. Local banks can be used where appropriate for the Kenya business setup;
  • Healy Consultants can open an international bank account within 3 — 4 weeks of Kenya company formation and Kenya business setup. There is a chance that the Client will have to travel in order to open the account, though Healy Consultants makes every effort to minimize the probability. Following bank account approval, the preferred bank will directly and independently email our Clients the account number;
  • View all African banking options for a foreign company (without travel);
  • To support Kenya business setup and Kenya company registration, Healy Consultants assists Clients with trade finance tasks following Kenya company formation and Kenya company registration including i) bank guarantees ii) letters of credit iii) finance against trust receipt iv) document against payment and against acceptance;
  • Healy Consultants assists in securing corporate finance in the form of a loan, overdraft or simply preferential credit terms and other corporate banking related aspects of Kenya company formation and Kenya business setup.

Contact us

For additional information on our company formation services in Kenya, you can email us at email@healyconsultants.com or phone us at (+852) 8331 1911. Address: Suite No. 10, 4th Floor, Consolidated Bank Building, Koinange Street., Nairobi, Kenya. Alternatively contact our in-house country expert whose details are below: