Kenya’s Work Permits: Opening Doors for Foreign Workers

Kenya boasts as one of the largest and fastest-growing economies in Africa attracting multinational corporations. This influx has led to an increase in foreign nationals coming to work in Kenya. However, despite the overall economic growth, Kenya continues to grapple with high levels of local unemployment. To safeguard and prioritize job opportunities for its citizens, as well as encourage more foreign nationals to invest and seek employment opportunities in the country, the Kenyan government has enacted laws to govern employment of foreign nationals. Foreign nationals who wish to invest or engage in gainful employment in Kenya must comply with the provisions of the Constitution of Kenya, the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011 and underpinning Regulations. They must also comply with the laws and regulations of the specific industries that they wish to venture into.

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