Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage

  • Certificates of No Impediment are issued to KENYAN CITIZENS wishing to have their marriages, either to Kenyan citizens or foreigners (Non-Kenyans) performed abroad. The Certificate conforms that the applicant is SINGLE and has the capacity to enter into marriage.
  • Every Kenyan wishing to marry abroad has to apply for a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage from the nearest Kenyan Mission. The application is then forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General (State Law Office) in Nairobi, Kenya for processing.
  • Marriages conducted without issuance of  this Certificate will neither be recognized by the Mission nor by the Authorities in Kenya.
  • All photocopies must be certified by a notary public. Scanned documents will not be accepted.

The following are the requirements to facilitate issuance of  a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage by the Attorney General’s Office in Kenya:-

  1. Two (2) sets of duly filled Application Form (Form No.7);
  2. Two (2) photocopies of the applicant’s current Kenyan passport-pages 30-32 & the Bio-Data page (certified by a notary public);
  3. Application Letter;
  4. Two (2) photocopies of Kenyan birth certificate (certified by a notary public);
  5. Two (2) photocopies of the Fiancee’s (spouse to be)  passport (certified by a notary public);
  6. Application fee of AU$70-Australian Money Order or bank cheque payable to the Kenya High Commission;
  7. Two photocopies of A Divorce Decree Absolute or the late spouse’s Death Certificate for divorced or widowed Kenyans (certified by a notary public). These must be in English & if not, a translation provided;
  8. A self-addressed registered  post or express platinum post return envelope.

Processing: The issuance processing takes up to 3 months or more.

Legalization of Documents

The following are the High Commission’s requirements for legalization of documents for use in Kenya:-

  1. Two (2) copies of the document to be legalized (one original & one copy). The copy to be retained at the High Commission & the original to be returned to the applicant, together with the original receipt issued by the Mission;
  2. A return self-addressed REGISTERED POST envelope;
  3. Legalization/Certification fee of AU$40.00 for each original document via Australian Money Order or Bank Cheque; payable to the Kenya High Commission (personal cheques not acceptable);
  4. All documents should be in English, if not, then an English translation should be provided;
  5. The documents should bear proof of certification ( seal and signature) by the concerned registry (i.e appropriate Australian authorities)

Police Clearance/Certificate of Good Conduct

Application Requirements:

  1. A certified clear photocopy (not scanned) of second generation ID card ( for Kenya citizens)
  2. Certified clear copy of passport and copies of pages showing stay in Kenya for over six months (for foreign nationals)
  3. A set of finger prints taken by the local police
  4. A dully filled application form (available from downloads)
  5. Two passport size photographs
  6. Bankers cheque of US$ 25 payable to Director of criminal investigations department

AUTHENTICATION OF KENYA’S DRIVERS LICENCE

The following are the High Commission’s requirements for authentication of Kenyan Drivers Licence

    1. Application letter stating the need for authentication
    2. Original Kenyan Drivers Licence
    3. Original Kenyan passport, ID card & Birth Certificate (atleast two of these)
    4. Processing Fee of AU$40 via Australian Money Order payable to the Kenya High Commission
    5. A return self-addressed registered envelope or express platinum envelope (with signature upon delivery)

NB- Please ensure your licence is valid before sending it for authentication. Renewal can be done through www.ecitizen.go.ke online service portal.

Processing time: 5 working days from the time of receipt of application

Entry, Work and Residence Permits

Entry, Work and Residence Permits

Work and residence permits are issued for long-term specific employment, investments, trade, and profession to persons whose presence and engagement will be of benefit to Kenya. Special Permits valid for 90 days may be issued for short-term ventures.

All applications for entry and work permits should be addressed to:

The Director of  Immigration Services

Po Box 30191

Nairobi. Kenya

Tel: +254 20 2222 022

Fax: + 254 20 224 874

Classification of Work and Residence Permits

CLASS A

A person who is offered specific employment by a specific employer who is qualified to undertake tat employment, and whose engagement in that employment will be of benefit to Kenya.

CLASS B

A person who is offered specific employment by the Government of Kenya, the East African Community or any other person or authority under the control of the Government or the Community, and whose engagement in that employment will be of benefit to Kenya.

CLASS C

A person who is offered specific employment under an approved technical aid scheme under the United Nations Organisation or some other approved agency (not being exempted person under section 4(3) of this Act), and whose engagement in the employment will be of benefit to Kenya.

CLASS D

A person, being the holder of a dependants pass, who is offered specific employment by specific employer, whose engagement in that employment will be of benefit to Kenya.

CLASS E

A person who is a member of a missionary society approved by the Government of Kenya, and whose presence in Kenya will be of benefit to Kenya.

CLASS F

A person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in the business of agriculture or animal husbandry in Kenya, and who:

  1. has acquired, or has received all permission that may be necessary in order to acquire, an interest in land of sufficient size and suitability for the purpose; and
  2. has in his own right and at his full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose, and whose engagement in that business will be of benefit to Kenya.

CLASS G

A person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in prospecting or mining in Kenya, and who:

  1. has obtained, or is assured of obtaining any prospecting or mining right or licence that may be necessary for the purpose; and
  2. has in his own right and at his full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose, and whose engagement in that business will be of benefit to Kenya.

CLASS H

A person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in a specific trade, business or profession (other than a prescribed profession) in Kenya, and who:

  1. has obtained, or is assured of obtaining, any licence, registration or other authority or permission that may be necessary for the purpose; and
  2. has in his own right and at his full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose, and whose engagement in that trade, business or profession will be to the benefit of Kenya

CLASS I

A person who intends to engage, whether alone or in partnership, in a specific manufacture in Kenya, and who:

  1. has obtained, or is assured of obtaining, any licence, registration or other authority or permission that may be necessary for the purpose;
  2. has in his own right and his full and free disposition sufficient capital and resources for purposes, and whose engagement in that manufacture will be to the benefit of Kenya.

CLASS J

A member of a prescribed profession who intends to practise that profession, whether alone or in partnership, in Kenya who:

  1. possesses the prescribed qualifications; and
  2. has in his own right and his full and free disposition sufficient capital and other resources for the purpose, and whose practice of that profession will be to the benefit of Kenya.

CLASS K

A person who:

  1. is not less than 21 years of age; and
  2. has in his own right and at his full and free disposition assured annual income of not less than the prescribed amount being an income that is assured, and that is derived from sources other than any such employment, occupation, trade, business or profession a sis referred to in the description of any of the classes specified in this Schedule, and being an income that either
    • is derived from sources outside, and will be remitted to Kenya
    • is derived from property situated, or a pension or annuity payable from, sources in Kenya
    • will be derived from sufficient investment capital to produce such assured income that will be brought into and invested in Kenya
  3. undertakes not to accept paid employment of any kind should he be granted an Entry Permit of this class, and whose presence in Kenya will be of benefit to Kenya.

CLASS L

A person who is not in employment, whether paid or unpaid and who under the repealed Acts was issued with residents certificate, or who would have an application been entitled to the issue of such certificate, or who has held an entry Permit or Entry Permits (whether issued under this Act or the repealed Acts or both) of any of the foregoing classes of Entry Permits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What does one need if they wish to work in Kenya?

A. The employer in Kenya should apply on your behalf for an Entry Work Permit to the Principal Immigration

Officer

Q. What if I want to reside in Kenya without engaging in employment or any work paid or unpaid?

A. Apply for a class K permit directly to the Principal Immigration Officer.

Q. How do I get the entry permit form?

A. You can download it here.

Q. Do I send money to the Principal Immigration Officer the application form and fee?

A. No. The Principal Immigration Officer will let you know the outcome of your application, when and how much to pay.

Other consular services offered by the High Commission include processing applications for death, birth and marriage certificates, employment entry forms, filming & driving licenses, J-waiver clearance and certificates of good conduct.

Please ensure that the information requested is fully provided to avoid delay in processing of your application. Your co-operation is appreciated.