What is the change? In conjunction with the recent launch of its online application system, Kenya’s Department of Immigration Services has implemented an online payment system for immigration fees.

What does the change mean? Bank checks will no longer be accepted for payment of government immigration fees. In addition, applicants must pay new handling charges by the bank and system administrator.

  • Implementation time frame:  The changes took effect April 4.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permit; special passes; student, researcher and intern passes.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals applying for work permits and other passes.
  • Business impact: The online payment system should improve processing, but the additional bank handling and processing fees will increase the costs of applying for work permits and passes.

Background: The new schedule of government fees is below. All figures are in Kenyan shillings. Information regarding government fees for student, researcher and intern passes is forthcoming.

Type Processing fees e-Citizen convenience fee Card handling charges
Work permit 10,000 KES


Issuance fees:

200,000 KES (1 year)

400,000 KES (2 year)


50 KES



50 KES

50 KES

301.50 KES



6,001.50 KES

12,001.50 KES

Special pass Issuance fee:

45,000 KES


50 KES


1,351.50 KES

BAL Analysis: Employers and individuals should factor the additional government fees into their budgets for foreign national employees.

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