Referred Visas

Holders of any Travel Documents/Certificates of Identity and nationals of the following countries shall have their visa applications referred to the Director of Immigration Services, Nairobi for approval:

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Formerly North Korea), Eritrea, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan and Yemen.

Referred Visa Requirements

  1. Form 22 (Visa application form) duly filled.
  2. Clear passport size photographs.
  3. Clear of Passport/Travel document (Bio-data page) which must be valid for at least six months on proposed date of entry. (original)
  4. A letter from the applicant addressed to the High Commissioner requesting for the visa.
  5. Introduction letter from Employer where applicable.
  6. Clear copy of resident/ work permits.
  7. Invitation letter from host in Kenya explaining relationship between host and applicant and signed by the host (invitations by email which are usually not signed are unacceptable).
  8. Host’s copy of ID or Passport if visiting an individual. If host is non-Kenyan copy of their resident permit will also be required.Details of the host should be clearly stated both in the invitation letter and form 22 i.e.
    • Names
    • Postal address including postal code
    • Residential/Physical address
    • Telephone/cell phone numbers
    • E-mail address
  9. Non-refundable fee of £ 5.


All the above documents should be forwarded in triplicate copies.

The applications are usually forwarded to Immigration Headquarters, Nairobi for processing which takes 6-8 weeks.