Author: Wandera E. Jonathan & Rola Birungi
In a quest to earn a living and make ends, quite often foreigners find their way to Uganda. The prospects are numerous and divergent but often it is to carry out business and work.
Legendary South African music icon Yvonne Chaka Chaka is reported to have been deported by the Immigration authorities and security agencies from Entebbe to South Africa on Wednesday 1st January 2020. Chaka Chaka had arrived in the country on the previous day to perform at one of the biggest end of year / newyear social events in Kampala. According to the police, Chaka Chaka had come to work and not just visit Uganda, and thus needed a working visa/permit and not an ordinary visa.
How then can foreigners pursue their dreams without breaching the immigration regulations and laws?
To work in Uganda as a foreigner, one needs a work permit which is an official document giving you permission to work or be employed in Uganda. A few pointers for those with such prospects:
A: Work Permit Classes
There are different classes of work permits for which one can apply to include:
B: Statutory Fees
For Classes B, C, D, E, F and G, a non-refundable pre-payment fee of US$ 1500 and (a later) top up fee of US$1000 are charged for a work permit valid for a year however the fees vary with the time period one applies for.
The applicant is further required to pay for a security bond before submitting an application. The security bond payable is usually calculated at the approximate cost of a return air ticket to the applicant’s country of origin. The security bond is refunded at the time of exit of the applicant usually upon termination of the contract of employment or deportation.
C: Time Taken
The applications take between 2-6 weeks and upon approval of the application, the work permit is endorsed in the applicant’s passport.
D: East African Community Nationals
East African Community nationals who obtain work of more than 90 days should apply for a working permit. Special passes can be issued to EAC nationals pending issuance of work permits.
E: The General Requirements for acquiring a working permit include:
The certificate of good conduct can be acquired in Uganda at the Interpol offices in Kololo.
F: Dependants’ Passes
There is further a provision for dependant’s passes. These apply to close relations of a holder of a work permit for example, Children and Spouses.
Should you require more information in respect of the above, please do not hesitate to contact Jonathan E. Wandera.