Work/ Residence Permits


Work/Residence Permits are issued to any Non-Kenyan wishing to engage in employment in Kenya whether in gainful employment or voluntary service. The Work/Residence Permits issued by the Department are classified from A to M inclusive. They are issued under Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act 2011 of Laws of Kenya. The following are the various classes of Permits and their respective requirements:


Class A: Issued to persons who intend to engage in prospecting for minerals or mining.


Class B: Work permit issued to persons wishing to invest in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.


Class D: This is issued to a person who is offered specific employment by a specific employer who is qualified to undertake that employment.


Class G: Work permit issued to investors in specific trade, business or consultancy.


Class I: Work/Residence permit issued to a member of missionary society approved by the Government of Kenya and whose presence is beneficial to the country.


Class K: Residence permit issued to persons who have an assured income derived from sources outside and undertakes not to accept paid employment of any kind.


Class M Work permit issued to Conventional Refugees.