There has been a growing interest in Kenya as a retirement country for foreigners. A common question that we have received has been, therefore, what permit is suited for such persons and what are the requirements?
The relevant law is the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, no.2 of 2011. Section 20 of the Act provides for work and residence permits.
A class K residence permit is most suited for such immigrants. This is ordinarily referred to as the “Retiree Permit.”
20(4) of the Act provides the conditions for issuance of a residence permit which are;
The application is made online.
Our work as your immigration attorneys will be to advise on this process, put your documents/ information together, make the application and track progress until the permit is issued.
Once the application is granted, one must enter Kenya within ninety (90) days of the issuance. There is, however, leave to apply for an extension.
Once the permit is issued one will be registered as a Foreign National and be issued with a certificate to this effect. With this certificate, the immigrant will apply for a tax certificate which is necessary for property ownership.
After seven (7) years of being legally in Kenya, one can apply for Kenyan Citizenship which would mean that they no longer have to pay an annual fee for their continued stay in Kenya.
Article 65 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 provides that non-citizens can own land of a leasehold tenure for 99 years only.
Most of the residential properties and properties within cities, municipalities and townships are leaseholds. An immigrant with a Class K Permit will, therefore, have a wide variety to choose from.
We offer conveyance services which will entail identification of the property upon provision of specifications, conducting due diligence, negotiating the terms of the sale and ultimately transferring title.
This write up is meant for general information only and should not be relied upon without seeking specific legal advice.