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What is a Kenyan special pass?

A Kenyan Special Pass is an immigration permit issued by the immigration department in Kenya to foreign nationals who intend to work in Kenya for a short period of time or who have applied for a Kenya Work permit or visa. It is commonly referred to as a temporary work permit.

A special pass is issued under the Kenyan Citizenship and Immigration Act (Legal Notice no. 64) Regulation 31 (7) states that
“Subject to the provisions of these Regulations on work permits and permanent residence, a person who comes to Kenya to engage in any form of employment whether paid or unpaid or in any other income generating activity for a period not exceeding three months, shall not be issued with a visitor’s pass and shall apply for a special pass in the manner provided in this Act”.

A Special Pass permits a foreign national to reside and work or trade in Kenya for a limited period of time, usually three months or if extended Six months and for a specific purpose such as business, employment, or education.

Kenya Special Pass application.

Here are some of the ways a Kazi Legal can assist you with your Special pass application in Kenya.

    Apply for a Special Pass in Kenya.

    A special Pass in Kenya is issued under regulation 34 of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulations, 2012 to foreign nationals who wishes to enter Kenya or remain in Kenya for:-
    • A limited period for the purpose of applying a review of a decision denying a permit
    • Applying for a permit or pass
    • Temporarily conducting any business, trade or profession

    Requirements for Special Pass application in Kenya.

    1. Execute the Special Pass Application Form .
    2. Copy of the Registration certificate of company or Organization.
    3. Detailed Cover Letter in the Company or organization letter head explaining the need for the Special pass.
    4. Certified Copies of Educational certificates of the applicant.
    5. Detailed curriculum vitae of the applicant.
    6. Passport photo of the applicant.
    7. Valid Copy of passport of the applicant.
    8. Contact information of the applicant.
      • Postal address
      • Telephone Number
      • Email address
      • Residential address.
    9. Contact information of the Employer.
      • Postal address
      • Telephone Number
      • Email address
      • Registered physical address.

    Procedure for application of a Special Pass in Kenya.

    The following is the procedure for application of a Special Pass in Kenya.

    1. Compile all the requirements for application and load the application on the fns portal on the immigration department.
    2. The special pass application is then processed.
    3. Upon approval, a Special Pass Approval notification is issued with the terms of payment for the Permit.
    4. On payment, The certificate of special pass is issued.

    Documents required for a Special pass application in Kenya.

    1. A filled and signed Form 32 - Special Pass Online application form
    2. Detailed Cover letter from the Business or organization.
    3. Copy of the applicants passport.
    4. Current Immigration status if in the country
    5. Current CV of the applicant.
    6. Certified copies of academic and professional certificates of the applicant.
    7. Passport photo of the applicant.
    8. Copy of the certificate of registration of the company or organization.
    9. Contact information of the applicant.
    10. Contact information of the employer.
    11. Copy of any permit or passes held.
    12. Copy of any official receipt or acknowledgment for those waiting for permits processing.
    13. Clearance letter (where applicable) from the relevant.

    How long does it take to get special pass in Kenya?

    The application and processing time for a special pass in Kenya is approximately one month for a successful approval and one week for the certificate processing.

    How much does a special pass cost in Kenya?

    Upon approval of a special pass, you shall be issued with a payment invoice of Kes 15,000 per month paid Max 3 months at a time.

    What is the validity period of a special pass in Kenya?.

    A Special pass is generally issued for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 3 Months. In some circumstances Eg. Awing a permit in Process, an extension can be issued for another 3 months.

    Is special pass a work Permit in Kenya?

    No, a Special Pass does not grant the holder the right to work in Kenya. The pass is issued for specific purposes such as business, employment, or education, but it does not authorize the holder to engage in any other activities outside of the specified purpose.

    How do I extend my special pass in Kenya?

    After the expiry of 3 months, at the discretion of the immigration department and in some circumstances such as .

    1. Awaiting a pending permit to be processed
    2. Extension of project duration
    3. etc

    you may extend your special pass for another 3 months by filing another application..

    Can a Special Pass holder bring their family members to Kenya.

    No, A special pass holder does not qualify to apply for dependents' passes for their spouse and children.

    Temporary work permit Kenya

    A special pass in Kenya is commonly referred to as a temporary work Permit.

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