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How to Apply for work permit in Kenya

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How to Apply for work permit in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Tue Jan 2020 08:02am
Write an application for work permit addressed to the Director of Immigration Services. Attach all documents.
Submit at the Department of Immigration office at Nyayo house or send by mail.
Once the application is submitted at the Ministry of Immigration it shall be presented to a committee for approval. This process may take between 2-6 months depending on how many times the committee sits and the number of applications they must process.

Where the application is approved a Notification of Approval will be issued. If it is rejected, a Notification of Rejection will be issued. This Notification of Approval is valid for ninety days pending payment of the government fees.

Apply Online
No online application

Required Documents
Form 3 Application for an entry permit. This form is issued by the Ministry of Immigration and it must be completed and signed by the employer and is submitted in duplicate.
Two passportsize photographs of the applicant;
Copies of the applicants educational and professional certificates; which the immigration office will verify and return;
The applicants curriculum vitae signed and dated;
A letter from the employer explaining why the applicant is suitable for the position, why the applicant was offered the job as opposed to a Kenyan citizen and setting out the applicants strengths e.g. experience, training ability, qualifications etc.
Copy of passport.

Office Locations & Contacts
Department of Immigration Nyayo House PO Box 30191 Nairobi Kenya Tel: +245-20-222022 Fax: +254-20-220731

Non Kenyan wishing to work in Kenya.

Kenya Shillings 100,000 bankers cheque for the Government fees payable in favour of the Principal Immigration Officer
Kenya Shillings 100,000, Security Bond from an insurance or bank

A work permit shall be declared invalid if:
The person fails to engage or take up residence, within ninety days of the date of issue of the permit or of that persons entry into Kenya, whichever is the later, in the employment, occupation, trade, business or profession in respect of which the permit was issued;
Ceases to engage in the said employment, occupation, trade, business or profession
Engages in any employment, occupation, trade business or profession, whether or not for remuneration or profit, other than the employment, occupation, trade, business or profession the permit was issued for.

Processing Time
Processing takes between two to six months

Download form 3 from the webite. Fill in the required information.
Assemble all the documents then begin the application
Form 3 can also be found at Nyayo house Department of Immigration.

Required Information
Photograph of the person for whom an entry is required
Job description
Employees qualifications
Previous experience
Name of employer
employment period
Annual salary offered
Value of accommodation provided
Any other emoluments

Need for the Document
A work permit is a legal document that that allows a foreigner to work or engage in other form of income providing activity or business. Work permits are issued by the Immigration Department.

Class A work permit is issued to a person who is offered specific employment by a specific employer who is qualified to undertake that employment, and whose engagement in that employment will be of benefit to Kenya.

The prospective employer(s) can show evidence that they have been unable to fill the particular post(s) due to lack of suitably qualified personnel in the Kenya Labour Market. Those seeking to work in Kenya must therefore ensure that their prospective employers have secured appropriate Entry/Work Permits before they proceed to Kenya.

Information which might help
The committee will usually consider the following things when deciding whether to approve or reject the application:

The amount of investment and its impact on Kenyas economy, which is determined by the auditors report or bank statement
The number of jobs that will be created for Kenyans, which is determined by the application letter submitted by the applicants agent.
The nationality of the applicant. An applicant has a higher chance of approval of his application if his or her country of origin has a stronger economy than that of Kenya, and lower criminal statistics and security threats

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