How to Apply for Work Permit in Botswana

How to Apply for Work Permit in Botswana

What is Work Permit ?

A work permit or work visa is the permission to take a job within a foreign country. 

How to Apply for Work Permit in Botswana

  1. Download, complete the Work permit application form and submit with supporting documents to the nearest Labour Office.
  2. Collection of Work permit after notification if approved.
  3. Applicant can check after service collection period.

frequently Asked Questions

How much is work permit in Botswana?

The cost to apply for the residence permit is BWP 1500.00.

How long does it take for a work permit to be approved in Botswana?

It takes 7-14 working days.

How to apply for permit in Botswana?

Residence Permit Application

  1. Complete an application form for residence permit.
  2. Submit the application form to any Immigration office and pay the applicable fees.
  3. Check outcome from the office where you applied.
  4. If application is successful, a residence permit sticker will be stamped in the passport.

Can you apply for a work permit without a job offer?

No, in most cases you don’t need a job offer. But, you will need one if you: are eligible for either the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Federal Skilled Trades Program, 

How can a foreigner get a job in Botswana?

Botswana has one work visa, also known as a work permit, for all foreign employees working in the country under the Employment of the Non-Citizens Act. Employers cannot engage an employee unless they hold a valid Botswana work permit or a certificate of exemption.

Do I need a work permit to work in Botswana?

All expatriate workers who wish to take up employment in Botswana need to apply for a work permit. No non citizens of Botswana may engage in any occupation unless they have been granted a work permit for Botswana under the Employment of the Non Citizens Act or are the holder of a certificate of exemption.

How many months does work permit take to process?

The whole visa processing (including the AEP) usually takes 2 – 3 months to process. The AEP alone takes 2 – 3 weeks to process in the Labor Department upon submission of the complete documentary requirements.

How to get a work permit?

There are five easy steps that everyone who applies for a work permit must follow.

  1. Step 1: Apply for an Immigration Status That Allows You To Work.
  2. Step 2: Prepare Form I-765.
  3. Step 3: Prepare Your Supporting Documents. .
  4. Step 4: Pay the Filing Fee.
  5. Step 5: Submit Your Work Permit Application.

Do work permit gets refused?

The reasons for work permit refusals often depend on the applicant’s circumstances. However, generally speaking, refusal letters can be issued for the following reasons: You were not able to demonstrate that you will be able to adequately perform the work you seek.

Can I get a job while waiting for work permit?

You can work full-time while waiting for a decision on your post-graduation work permit (PGWP) application if, at the time you submitted your application, all of the following applied to your situation: You had a valid study permit. You had completed your program of study.

Which type of work permit is required?

There are seven main types of work permits: Hot Work Permits, Cold Work Permits, Confined Spaces Work Permits, Chemical Work Permits, Height Work Permit, and Excavation Permit. Each work permit is categorized depending on the nature of the job and the hazard involved in it.