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Kenya - Apply for a Study Permit

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Apply Online

  1. To apply for Citizenship, the applicant should make the application online through the Kenya Foreign Nationals Service Portal via this eFNS.
  2. On the login page, a registered applicant should log in by entering his/her credentials and clicking on the “login” button to access his/her account and an unregistered applicant should click on the “Create eFNS account” hyperlink to create a new account.
  3. On the next page upon clicking on the “Create eFNS account” hyperlink, the applicant should read the provided instructions and click on the “Account Type” dropdown menu and select either a “foreign resident” (for applicants residing in Kenya and have a foreigner certificate) or select “other” (for foreign residents without a foreigner certificate” and then click on the “Proceed” button to go to the next page.
  4. On this next page, the applicant should provide all the required information i.e. Passport number, Full Name, Gender, and Country, and then click on the “Proceed” button to go to the “Verify” page.
  5. On the verify page, the applicant should enter his/her email address, Password, Phone number and click on the Captcha box, and then click on the “Create Account” button.
  6. Then the applicant will receive a pop notification informing the applicant that the account is created.
  7. The applicant should then click on the “ok” button in the notification and be directed to the Kenya Foreign Nationals Service Portal and the applicant should enter his/her login credentials and click on the “login” button to login into her/her account.
  8. Once logged in, on the applicant’s dashboard, the applicant should click on the “Submit new applications” hyperlink under the “SUBMIT APPLICATIONS” tab and scroll down to the “Permit and Passes Services” tabs.
  9. Then the applicant should click on the “Apply Now” button under the “Student's Pass” tab to go to the application information page.
  10. Then the applicant should read all the provided details regarding the application and click on the “Apply Now” button to go to the online application form.
  11. Complete the online application form and upload all the required supporting documents and then submit the application for processing.
  12. After the application is processed, an invoice will be generated which the applicant can see by clicking on the "Dashboard" then the "Payments" tab, and the applicant should complete the payment using the online process.
  13. If the applicant is unable to pay using any of the online modes, the applicant can print the application form by clicking on the "Dashboard" then the "My Applications" tab and print the student's pass application invoice and Present the invoice and Banker's cheque at the Immigration Counter at Nyayo House, Nairobi for pass payments.
  14. The application will be processed and the applicant will then receive automatic notifications via email and on the applicant’s account about the progress of his/her Student’s Pass application.
  15. Once the Stundemt’s pass is processed, the applicant can download it through his/her account.


Required Documents[edit]

  • A duly filled, signed, and stamped application Form 30, by the institution's authorized personnel. Print out the form at the end of the application for a Student Pass for stamp and signing.
  • Detailed and Signed Cover letter addressed to the Director of Immigration Services from the institution indicating the course to be pursued and the duration.
  • Signed commitment letter from the sponsor.
  • National passport copy of the sponsor.
  • Proof of funds for self-sponsored students.
  • For minors, consent letter from the parent.
  • Copy of parent's national passport and copy of the birth certificate of the minor should be attached as proof of relationship (for minors).
  • Copy of a valid national passport (the bio-data page).
  • Current immigration status for the pupil/student (If in the country).
  • Two (2) recent passport size color photos.
  • Duly certified Copies of basic academic certificates for those joining Tertiary Institutions and Universities.
  • Copy of the school's/college registration certificate from the Ministry of Education.
  • Clearance letter from the Department of Refugee Affairs for refugees.
  • Certified copies of progress report/transcripts obtained(by the issuing institution).
  • Police Clearance Certificate from the country of origin, or if a resident, from the Kenya Police Service.
  • Copy of Checklist.

  • Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution.
  • Required Documents Check list

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Department of Immigration Services - Head Office
Nyayo house
Passport Section Ground Floor,
Kenyatta Avenue/ Uhuru Highway
P.O. Box 30191, 00100 Nairobi.
Tel: +254-20-2222022, +254-20-2217544,+254-20-2218833
Email: [email protected]
Website:Ministy of Immigration Contacts

electronic Foreign Nationals Services (eFNS): Link


  • Any applicant who wishes to pursue their education in Kenya's Education or Training Institutions where they have been accepted or admitted.


  • The issuance fee of the student’s pass is Ksh. 5,000 per year (Payable upon approval)
  • Processing of the pass is free.


  • The student's pass is valid for the period applied for and it can be renewed thereafter.

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  • All citizens of the East Africa Community(Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi) are exempted from payment of the special pass fee.
  • Application to be submitted three months before the commencement of studies.
  • A Student's pass is not an authority to engage in any form of employment either for gain or not.

Required Information[edit]

  • Pass type.
  • Immigration File Number
  • Immigration details.
  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Institution details
  • Admission number
  • Institution’s address
  • Course details
  • Reasons for Visiting Kenya
  • Date of arrival in Kenya
  • Passport details
  • Address in Kenya
  • Particulars of any previous permit or pass issued or applied

Need for the Document[edit]

  • The student’s pass is issued to applicants (foreign students) who wish to pursue their education in Kenya's Education or Training Institutions where they have been accepted or admitted.

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