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Individual and Company Tax Compliance Certificates required for Work Permit Renewals

The Department of Immigration Services in Kenya advised that, effective 1 July 2019, all Work Permit Renewal applications must be accompanied by Individual and Company Tax Compliance Certificates.

Who will be affected?

This will affect all foreign employees residing in Kenya under the auspices of a Work Permit intending to apply for a renewal.

Background

In compliance with the Kenya Revenue Authority Regulations, the Government of Kenya has released a notice through the Department of Immigration Services indicating that from 1 July 2019, all applications for the renewal of Work Permits should be accompanied by Individual and Company Tax Compliance Certificates. This will be subject to certain exemptions.

This is aimed at increasing tax compliance by making it ever more difficult to circumvent Kenyan Tax Regulations.

Individual and Company Tax Compliance Certificates have traditionally only been requested when renewing Class A, B and G Permits and have not yet been included in the official check-lists for other categories of permit renewals.

Impact

Although an official directive is yet to be issued by the Department of Immigration Services, we have already experienced instances where Individual and Company Tax Compliance Certificates were requested for the renewal of a Class D Work Permit. We have started advising our clients to include these documents when applying for a renewal of any Work Permit to limit the possibility of delays during the submission or adjudication process.

How Santa Fe can assist?

Santa Fe can support businesses who wish to employ foreign nationals in Kenya by assessing their eligibility to qualify for the required Work Permits or renewals to ensure compliance with the immigration rules. We can also review current employees’ work authorizations and if it is found that the correct work permit is not in place we can assist with corrective measures to ensure compliance.

We can also keep your business updated on further developments in Kenyan immigration matters and will advise on any changes requiring your attention.

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Terence Rover
Immigration Manager – Africa
Santa Fe Relocation
Johannesburg, South Africa
D: +27 (0) 10 442 8933
M: +27 (0) 72 279 9606
E: Terence.Rover@santaferelo.com

Paolo Longo
Regional Immigration Manager – Africa
Santa Fe Relocation
Johannesburg, South Africa
D: +27 (0) 10 595 2337
M: +27 (0) 83 677 7949
E: Paolo.longo@santaferelo.com

Soumeya Messadi
Head of Immigration – Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
Santa Fe Relocation
Singapore
D: +65 6398 3520
M: +65 9169 6061
E-mail: Soumeya.messadi@santaferelo.com

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