ZAMBIA WORK PERMIT GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS

WORK PERMIT GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS

Some employers in Zambia may find it necessary to recruit and employ temporary workers overseas for the purpose of filling particular positions that cannot be met from within Zambia. The following are the guidelines in question and answer for.

 

 1.    How do I go about employing an overseas worker?

Zambian employers may apply to the Chief Immigration Officer at immigration officer to employ a foreign worker (s) as long as they are able to establish that there are no Zambians suitably qualified by training or experience available to perform the job.

 

2. What documents does an applicant submit to the immigration Department?

  • Certified certificates showing the qualifications attained
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of offer of employment by the Zambian company
  • Covering letter from the prospective employer
  • Details about the prospective employer
  • Filled in application form for employment permit to be obtained from Immigration Department link to the form

3. Who (foreigners) is exempted from a work permit application?

 Prohibited immigrants                   

 

4. How long may this employee work for me?

Depending on the nature of the job, the initial maximum period that is granted for an employment permit is two years and according to the Law, the period of validity of this permit in any case shall be such period from the date of its issue as the Chief Immigration Officer, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, thinks fit, and shall be capable of extension for a further period or periods to a maximum of five years from the date of its issue.           
 

5. How long does the application take?

According to the new service charter, the application is supposed to take a maximum of 10 days depending on whether the committee is availed with all relevant information and documentation.

 

6. What types of jobs cannot be given to foreigners?

 Human Resource positions

 

7. How do I renew my work permit

The employer writes to the Chief Immigration Officer giving reasons why the work permit must be extended. However, if there was a condition attached to the granting of that work permit, it is very unlikely that it will be extended. By attaching a condition, it means that if the employer was advised that the expatriate should work with an understudy for the purpose of transferring skills, at the end of the period, the expatriate should leave the country and the understudy should take over

 

8. How do you ensure that the work permit guidelines are adhered to by permit holders? What happens if a permit holder is not doing the work approved in the permit?

The Immigration Department through its monitoring system monitors the foreigners and if a permit holder is found not to be doing the job specified on the permit, they are usually fined and sometimes permits are revoked.

 

9. What is the role of the work permit guide

The role of the work permit committee is to scrutinize all the applications presented before it (entry, self employment and work permit applications) and determine whether those particular applicants are deserving of the permits. In scrutinizing the different permits, the committee checks whether the applicant meets the requirements stipulated by the Immigration Department such as adequate investment funds for self employment permits, continuous stay in Zambia for entry permits and adequate qualifications and experience for employment permit applicants. The specific role of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security is to ensure that jobs which should be given to Zambians are not given to foreigners.


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