The Permits Section is one of the Sections in the Directorate of Immigration and Citizen Services. It falls in the Foreign Nationals Management Division under the Director of Immigration Services (DIS/FNM)


The Permits Section is headed by a Deputy Director of Immigration Services (DDIS)

The Deputy Director is the Officer In-charge and is assisted by a Deputy Officer In charge. There are also various Operation Units within the Section with officers and the Unit Heads as follows;

  • Entry Permit Determination Committee (EPDC)
  • Permits Secretariat
  • Dependent Passes
  • Special Passes
  • Student/Internship/Research Passes
  • Verification and Authentication
  • Documents Issuance
  • Counters

The core function of the Permits Section is the processing and issuance of work permits and passes. There are various classes of permit as provided under the enabling regulations.

The Section derives its mandate mainly from the Sections 36, 40, 41, and 42, of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act 2011 and the attendant Regulations.

Exemption: This Permit is issued to any person or class or description of persons, exempted by the Cabinet Secretary from provisions of obtaining a work permit by notice in the gazette Section 34 (3) (g) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011.

Applications Submission and Collection

  • All applications for Permits and Passes are made and submitted online accompanied by all the necessary requirements which should be uploaded.
  • Applicants can print out their own Permits and Passes from their eFNS Accounts once they are processed and issued