Immigration Legal Services

Stuck in immigration law processes in Kenya? Are you planning to work or study in Kenya? Do you require expert legal guidance to navigate the complex immigration system? Look no further! Clay & Associates Advocates is here to provide you with comprehensive legal services tailored to your immigration needs.

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Immigration Lawyers


Embark on your immigration journey with confidence by partnering with Clay & Associates Advocates. Our dedicated team of immigration lawyers is ready to provide you with top-notch legal services tailored to your needs.

Commonly, we help clients with:

So whatever your problem or situation, our highly-trained and experienced team has seen it all before. To get started, please contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange a legal assessment.

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Before any fees, we’ll first schedule a consultation to listen and learn more about your situation.

The session is an hour long, and there are no obligations to engage our services afterward.

As part of the consultation, we’ll lean on our years of experience as immigration lawyers to suggest the best solution for you or your business.

Our friendly immigration advocates and practitioners are on hand to carry out a complimentary legal assessment of your business and advise how best to get the most out of work permits, visas, and student visas, so get in touch today to discover how we can help you.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process of getting a work permit in Kenya?

The process of obtaining a work permit in Kenya involves several steps and requirements. Here is a general overview of the process:

1. Job Offer: The first step is to secure a job offer from a Kenyan employer. The employer must be registered with the Kenyan government and provide a written offer of employment.

2. Work Permit Category: Determine the appropriate work permit category based on your employment situation. Kenya offers various work permit categories, such as Class A, B, C, D, G, and Special Pass, each with specific eligibility criteria and requirements. Consult with an immigration lawyer or refer to the Kenyan immigration authorities for guidance.

3. Application Submission: Once you have a job offer and determined the relevant work permit category, you need to prepare and submit your work permit application. This involves completing the required application forms, gathering supporting documents, and paying the applicable fees.

4. Supporting Documents: The supporting documents typically include:

– A valid passport with at least six months’ validity
– Passport-sized photographs
– Copies of educational certificates and professional qualifications
– Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
– Copy of the job offer letter or contract of employment
– Certificate of Good Conduct from your home country or previous country of residence
– Evidence of payment of application fees

5. Submission and Processing: Submit your completed application and supporting documents to the Kenyan Department of Immigration. The processing time can vary, but it generally takes several weeks to months. During this period, the immigration authorities will review your application and conduct background checks.

6. Approval and Issuance: If your work permit application is approved, you will receive an approval letter or work permit certificate. You may need to visit the immigration office in person to provide biometric data, such as fingerprints and a digital photo, for the issuance of the work permit.

7. Work Permit Validity and Renewal: Work permits in Kenya are typically issued for a specific duration, often one to two years. Before your work permit expires, you must initiate the renewal process to maintain your legal status in Kenya. The renewal process may involve similar steps and requirements as the initial application.

Please note that the specific requirements and procedures for obtaining a work permit in Kenya may vary depending on the work permit category, the nature of your employment, and other factors. It is advisable to consult with an immigration lawyer or the Kenyan immigration authorities for up-to-date and accurate information related to your specific situation.

What is the application process to obtain permanent residency in Kenya?

Obtaining permanent residency in Kenya typically involves applying for the status of a Permanent Resident (PR). Here is an overview of the application process:

1. Eligibility Assessment: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for permanent residency in Kenya. The requirements may include continuous residence in Kenya, a minimum period of legal residence, certain qualifications or investments, and adherence to Kenyan laws and regulations. The specific eligibility criteria may vary depending on the category of permanent residency you are applying for.

2. Application Forms: Obtain the appropriate application forms for permanent residency from the Kenyan Department of Immigration or their official website. These forms may vary based on the category of permanent residency you are applying for.

3. Required Documents: Gather the necessary supporting documents for your permanent residency application. These typically include:

– Valid passport and copies of passport pages
– Passport-sized photographs
– Birth certificate
– Marriage certificate (if applicable)
– Educational certificates and qualifications
– Employment or business-related documents
– Police clearance certificate
– Evidence of financial stability (e.g., bank statements)
– Medical examination report
– Proof of continuous residence in Kenya
– Any other documents specific to your category of permanent residency

4. Application Submission: Complete the application forms accurately and attach the required supporting documents. Submit the application along with the applicable fees to the Kenyan Department of Immigration. It is advisable to keep copies of all documents for your records.

5. Application Processing: The Department of Immigration will review your application, conduct background checks, and assess your eligibility for permanent residency. The processing time may vary, but it can take several months.

6. Interview and Biometrics: If required, you may be called for an interview or to provide biometric data such as fingerprints and a digital photo.

7. Decision and Notification: Once the application has been processed, you will receive a decision on your permanent residency application. If approved, you will be issued a Permanent Resident Card or a letter confirming your permanent residency status.

8. Compliance and Renewal: As a permanent resident, you are required to comply with Kenyan laws and regulations. Permanent residency may need to be renewed periodically, usually every five years. Ensure that you follow the renewal procedures and submit the required documents and fees on time.

It is essential to note that the specific requirements and procedures for obtaining permanent residency in Kenya may vary depending on the category you are applying under. It is advisable to consult with an immigration lawyer or the Kenyan Department of Immigration for the most accurate and up-to-date information based on your specific circumstances.

Is there a citizenship by investment process in Kenya and if so, what is the process?

Kenya does not have a formal citizenship-by-investment program or process in place. This means that acquiring Kenyan citizenship is not possible solely through direct financial investment or contribution but there are government bodies that can help with fast-tracking the process such as the Kenya Investment Authority.

Kenya’s citizenship laws are primarily based on jus sanguinis, which means citizenship is typically acquired through descent from a Kenyan citizen rather than by investment or residency. In general, to become a Kenyan citizen, individuals need to meet specific requirements related to residence, marriage to a Kenyan citizen, or descent from a Kenyan citizen.

It is important to note that immigration and citizenship laws can change over time, and new programs or provisions may be introduced. Therefore, it is recommended to consult with our law firm as immigration lawyers or the Kenyan Department of Immigration for the most up-to-date information regarding citizenship options and requirements in Kenya.

I am an employer of record, how can a law firm help me with immigration legal services in Kenya?

As an employer of record, engaging the services of Clay & Associates Advocates can provide you with valuable support and guidance throughout the immigration process. Here are some ways we can assist you:

1. Compliance with Immigration Laws: Immigration laws and regulations can be complex and subject to frequent updates. Our law firm can help ensure your company remains compliant with the latest requirements, assisting with understanding and interpreting immigration laws relevant to your business operations in Kenya.

2. Work Permit Applications: When hiring foreign employees, we can help you navigate the work permit application process. We are able to advise you on the appropriate work permit category, assist with completing the necessary forms, gather required documents, and ensure the application is submitted correctly and in a timely manner.

3. Document Preparation and Review: Clay & Associates Advocates can assist in preparing and reviewing employment contracts, offer letters, and other supporting documents to ensure they meet the legal requirements and address immigration-related considerations.

4. Renewals and Extensions: Work permits in Kenya are typically issued for a specific duration and require renewal or extension. Our law firm will help manage the renewal process, ensuring that the necessary documentation and fees are submitted on time to maintain legal compliance for your foreign employees.

5. Compliance Audits: We have the capacity to conduct immigration compliance audits for your company to identify any potential areas of non-compliance. We will review your processes, documentation, and practices to ensure adherence to immigration laws, minimizing the risk of penalties or legal issues.

6. Immigration Support for Employees: At Clay & Associates Advocates, we will provide guidance and support to your foreign employees, assisting them with their immigration-related needs, including visa applications, work permits, residency permits, and other immigration matters. This support can help streamline the process for your employees and contribute to their overall satisfaction and well-being.

7. Handling Immigration Challenges: In the event of immigration-related challenges, such as work permit denials, visa complications, or other legal issues, our law firm can represent your company’s interests and provide guidance throughout the appeals or litigation process.

By engaging Clay & Associates Advocates and with our expertise in immigration legal services, you can ensure that your company remains compliant with immigration laws, streamline the immigration process for your foreign employees, and minimize potential risks and complications. The specific services offered by our law firm may vary, so it’s advisable to discuss your specific needs with us to determine how we can best support your employer-of-record responsibilities in Kenya.

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