Immigration to Kenya
Kenya is in the top 20 for African countries when it comes to economic growth and progress. It is home to an estimate of over 40 million people. It’s true that the country does well managing to grow its GDP steadily, however, aspects such as poverty as well as unrest and terrorist attacks by some of its neighbouring countries still plagues the nation. It is always advised that safety be of priority. Kenya however, remains a good place for lucrative business investments as well as expats and immigrants looking to pursue a career within the country.
Immigration permits for Kenya
The Work/Residence permits are issued by the Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons and are classified from A- M.
• Class A – pertains to foreign nationals intending to engage in mining and or minerals. Processing fees as well as proof of adequate capital and licence is required.
• Class B – pertains to individuals intending to invest in animal husbandry and agriculture. Requires proof of land ownership or lease thereof, proof of capital, authorization from official bodies involved. (can be renewed)
• Class D – pertains to foreign nationals offered employment within the country by a registered Kenyan company. Requires applicant’s CV and tertiary qualifications certificates, proof that the company failed to acquire someone local to meet the requirements for the job, accurate completion of necessary forms and associated fees.
• Class G – pertains to foreign investors looking to invest in a particular trade or consultancy. Need to provide proof of capital to proceed with the investment as well as proof of a minimum $100k USD or the equivalent thereof on another currency towards the investment, company registration certificate, all documentation related should be provided as well as fees.
• Class I – is a Work/Residence permit for applicants who are members of a missionary society approved by the Kenyan Government and whose presence benefits the country as well. Require organization registration certificate, academic certificates and qualifications as well as associated fees.
• Class K – pertains to foreign nationals who will not be receiving payment for services rendered or jobs undertaken in the country, but who is paid from a source outside of Kenya. Applicant needs to provide assured proof of payment, as well as processing fees.
• Class M – work permit for conventional refugees. Provide a letter of recognition from the UNHCR and the Department of Refugee Affairs. There are no fees incurred for this permit. Applicant must supply the necessary documentation required.
Other categories include:
• Category B – lawful residence of Kenya
• Category C – children of Kenya citizens
• Category B – spouses of Kenyans
Other permits and visas
• Student pass
• Special pass
• Visitors visas
• Single journey visa
• Multiple journey visa
• Transit visa
Immigration to Kenya does not need to be complicated though, if you use a verified and experienced immigration firm, such as Visafrican. We also handle business services and payroll for firms that which to operate in the country.