A Class D Permit or a Work Permit in Kenya, also commonly referred to as a Work VISA is issued to Foreign Nationals who wish to Work and reside in Kenya or seek specific employment in Kenya. Work Permits are also issued to Businesses and organizations wishing to employ foreign nationals to work and reside in Kenya.
The application of a Work permit is tedious and is specifically monitored to encourage Businesses and organizations to seek employees from qualified Kenyans locally. However, strategically qualified foreign Nationals or Key Employees for Foreign Companies qualify to apply for a Work Permit in Kenya.
To make an application for a Class D Work Permit in Kenya, you shall require the following.
Before you apply for a work permit in Kenya, it is important to ensure that you are eligible to make the application. The eligibility criteria varies depending on the type of work permit you are applying for, including
To be able to live and work in Kenya, a foreign national who qualifies has to make an application for a work permit via the department of immigration in Kenya.
After compilation of all the required information and documents, The application for a work permit is made to the Director of Immigration Services Kenya.
There is an Non refundable application fee of Kenya Shillings 10,000.
Once the application has been processed and is successful an Approval certificate shall be issued containing the terms of the permit.
Upon a successful application for a work VISA, you shall be issued with a two year Work Permit. Some of the benefits include
The beneficiary of a work permit is limited to work strictly only under the sponsoring or employer company under which the application was issued.
Of course where the applicant is a consultant and the nature of work is such that he may be seconded to other companies or entities, this is permissible. However, it must be clearly indicated in the application.
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The most commonly asked question is "What is the cost of a Class d work permit in kenya?"
The official cost of work permit in kenya include the following,
A work permit may be canceled under the following circumstances
The application process for a kenya work visa can take between 3 to 6 months. Permits are processed at the pleasure of the immigration department.
A Kenyan understudy is a local Kenyan trainee employee that is required to work and train under the guidance of a foreign permit holder for experience and skill transfer purposes. The immigration approval rules make It is necessary for the Kenyan employee company to employ and contract a local Kenyan employee to train under the permit holder.
A work permit in Kenya is approved based in the following criteria.
No applicant should engage in or undertake any work before the permit is processed and issued. No immigrant can work in Kenya without a work permit.
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