Immigrate to Tanzania2022-04-28T12:41:36+02:00


Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa. The capital is Dodoma since 1996. The largest city and former capital however is Dar Es Salaam where many government offices still reside. Tanzania is known for it’s vast wilderness and home to Africa’s highest mountain, the Kilimanjaro, and the Serengeti National Park, a world renowned wildlife mecca.
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Work activities should not be conducted under a business visa. Those are valid for 90 days only and they are not renewable in the country. It is advisable for a candidate to apply for a work permit and a residence permit to allow them to work legally in the country.

Foreign nationals on a business visa however may attend board meetings, business prospecting or conducting a presentation, provide advisory or consultation service and installation of machinery.

There are different types of work permits namely, Class A, B and C. Self-employed foreigners (investors) are required to apply for a Class A permit while foreign employees must apply for a Class B permit. Class C permits are relevant for other categories of residents such as students and missionaries. Applications for Class A and C permits should be forwarded directly to the Director of Immigration Services while applications for Class B permits should be forwarded to the Director of Immigration Services through the Labour Commissioner. The Labour Department is only involved in the issuance of Class B permits.
Work authorization is granted to allow one to work in Tanzania. However, in order to also reside in Tanzania whilst working, an additional residence permit is required. Residence permit applications are handled by the Department of Immigration. Both work and residence permit are required to legally live and work in Tanzania.

The application for the work permit must be submitted by our local provider because local authorities need to be approached. After approval by the labour office, the second application for the residence permit must be submitted at the immigration office for processing of the work permit. The processing time for a work permit is approximately 6-8 weeks and it is valid for up to 24 months.

It is important to ensure that the immigration part of the relocation process is started as early as possible and well in advance of your actual assignment date as requirements and procedures are likely to change at times.

Work permits are not issued by Tanzania Missions but at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Youth Development. Application of work permits must be done and obtained prior to arriving in Tanzania. Some of the requirements are:

Certified copies of your passport which must be valid for at least 6 months, your CV, highest degree/education certificate, passport photographs, Police Clearance Certificate, Medical Report, employment contract, motivational letter from the employer, operating/business license and company registration documents.

The holder of a residence permit can include a dependent in his permit by making an application for a dependent pass. Family members who are dependent on the applicant for their living and well-being like the spouse, children, parents and grandparents can be included in the applicant’s residence permit application as dependents and will be granted dependent passes.

It should be noted that these family members shall not engage in any employment in Tanzania. The children must be under eighteen years of age and parents/grandparents must be one hundred percent dependent on the applicant. However the main applicant must have sufficient income to support his or her dependent(s).

We provide a full range of immigration services for Tanzania. With our professional and trusted network of partners, we have the pulse on policy issues and the practical reality, which governs immigration rules & regulations.

We will first do a consultation, on which visa or permit would be the correct one for you. We advise on the required documentation and compile the complete application on your behalf. We will help you save time gathering the required documents to finalize your application.

There is great advantage in having a reliable local representative who will submit the application in Tanzania, and also collect the resulting documents for you.


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