How to Apply For a Work Permit in Kenya. Apply for Work Visa in KenyaBusiness Consultants Kenya


How to Apply For a Work Permit in Kenya?  – Starting a business in Kenya can be a daring task without enlisting professional help from a business consultant. There are a number of ‘hoops’ that must be circumnavigated and the process can be time consuming and a distraction from the all important task of establishing your business.

Below are the answers on How to Apply For a Work Permit in Kenya

Work Permit ClassEligible PersonsRequirementsProcessing  FeeAnnual Fee
APersons intending to engage in prospecting for Minerals or Mining– Applicants should have the necessary Mining licenses and Registrations.
– For renewals current license held for prospecting Minerals and copy of PIN is required.
– Proof of Sufficient Capital or Resources for Investment.
KSH 10,000KSH 100,000
BPersons wishing to invest in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry– Proof of land ownership or leasehold interest in land for the purpose.
– Proof of Capital available for the purpose.
– Clearance from Relevant Bodies.
– For renewals current license held for Agribusiness and copy of PIN is required.
KSH 10,000KSH 100,000
DPersons offered specific employment by a specific employer who is qualified to undertake that employment.– Copies of academic/professional certificates along with the CV.
– Evidence that the organization failed to fill the vacancy from the local labor market.
– Form 25 dully filled, signed and sealed by the company.
KSH 10,000KSH 100,000
GInvestors in Specific Trade, Business or Consultancy– Documentary proof of Capital to be invested/already invested minimum of 100,000 US dollars or      equivalent in any other currency.
– Registration Certificate of the Company OR Certificate of incorporation.
– Copies of personal and company PIN (Personal Identification Number) if business is running.
– For renewals; audited accounts for previous 2 years and a certificate of tax compliance from the Kenya Revenue Authority.
KSH 10,000KSH 100,000
IIssued to persons in the Country for Religious or Charitable Purposes.– A copy of registration certificate of the organization.
– Academic and professional certificates of the applicant.
KSH 10,000KSH 100,000
KPersons who have an assured income derived from sources outside and undertakes not to accept paid employment of any kind.– Documentary proof of assured income is required for Class K.KSh 10,000KSH 100,000
MWork permit issued to Conventional Refugees.– Recognition letters from UNHCR and Department of Refugee Affairs– Processing Fee Gratis.– Permit is issued Gratis
SPECIAL PASS– Persons given specific employment by specific employer for a short duration not exceeding three (3) months– Forwarding letter from institution/applicantKSH 15,000 Per Month

Work Permits processing may at times take about 3 months and hence we always advice our clients to apply for a work permit jointly with a Special Pass because a special pass takes about 1 Week to process meaning you can start working in Kenya immediately after lodging the application as you wait for the completion of the work permit application process.

Feel free to Contact us Today and we’ll be happy to answer your Queries and help you apply for Work Permits in the most convenient way possible.


  1. Phoebe-
    June 22, 2017 at 10:56 am


    I am interested in processing a 3 month special pass for a relative.

    Would you assist and how much would it cost?


    • Admin-
      July 26, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Thank you for Contacting us, Kindly check your email for more details on the Special Pass

  2. joseph-
    March 13, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Is there minimum capital requirement to get work or residency permit in Kenya . I am planing to set up LLC of importing or custom clearance and forwarding company

    Thank you

    • Admin-
      March 16, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Hello Joseph,

      For you to get a Work Permit after you set Up your Import and Export company, you will be required to show Proof of investment of $ 100,000.
      The proof is demonstrated by producing a Bank statement in a local bank account with a minimum of the $ 100,000.

      Feel free to engage us for more info on the same 🙂

  3. Violet-
    May 30, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Hi. How can I get a work permit for a house help ? What documents so I need? How much is it?

    • Admin-
      July 19, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Hello Violet,

      Which country are they from and are you Kenyan or a foreigner?

  4. Tito-
    July 18, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Efns send mail to me your application has been received of workpermit. I want to know how long time must wait to send the approve to me

    • Admin-
      July 18, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Hello Halifa,

      Kindly keep checking your EFNS platform for notification from the Immigration. on Average the application takes about 60 days.

      All the Best