Kenya employment and residence visas in 2023
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 formation. Healy Consultants fee to assist our Client obtain a work permit is US$3,950. The employment of foreign workers in Kenya is closely regulated, with a valid work permit required. If all conditions are met, the application will still likely be approved within two to six months.
Entrepreneur visa (Class G)
- Entrepreneurs interested in Kenya company formation 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 after forming the Kenya company;
- A successful Class G work permit application requires the following from an applicant: i) proof of being a shareholder in a Kenya incorporated company ii) proof of a minimum amount of investment (at least US$100,000) iii) a list of directors of the company issued from the Companies Registry iv) A tax PIN certificate of the applicant and v) completed application form and receipt for the payment of fees.
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: i) 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 ii) A signed copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae iii) originals and copies of the applicant’s educational and professional certificates and iv) completed application form, signed by the applicant and the employer.