A Work Permit in Kenya, issued under the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011, enables foreign nationals to engage in various activities such as trade, business, and professional employment. The Director of Immigration Services issues these permits based on recommendations from the Permit Determination Committee. Appeals against permit decisions can be made to the Cabinet Secretary. Different permit classes, outlined in Section 36(1) and the seventh schedule of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulations, 2012, cater to specific purposes and activities.

Class C : Prescribed Profession

A professional license in Kenya is given to someone in a designated field who plans to practice that profession, either independently or in partnership.

Class D : Employment

This permit is given to someone offered specific employment by a particular employer, the Kenyan government, or other authorized entities. It applies to individuals possessing skills or qualifications not readily available in Kenya, and their employment is deemed beneficial to the country.

Class G : Specific trade, Business or Consultancy

This permit is given to someone planning to participate in a specific trade, business, consultancy, or profession (excluding designated professions) in Kenya, either individually or in partnership.

Class I : Approved Religious or Charitable Activities

This permit is provided to a person affiliated with a registered institution under the Society's Act, working as a missionary, member of a company limited by guarantee, or a member of a trust registered under the Trustees Act. Approval from the Kenyan Government is required, and their presence in Kenya should be beneficial to the country.

Class K : Ordinary Residents

This permit is given to an individual aged at least thirty-five, possessing an annual income of a specified amount from sources other than employment or business that they can freely use.

Class M : Refugees

This permit is provided to someone granted refugee status in Kenya, as per Kenyan refugee laws, and to their spouse. It allows them to work or participate in a specific occupation, trade, business, or profession.