A work permit is issued to a person after proving that an Ethiopian cannot perform the work. In practice this often means that the foreign applicant has to prove a combination of education and experience in the field of work or at a level that is hard to find in the country. Work permit applications are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis. The short term work permit is functionally not different
from a long term work permit.
Work authorization is granted to allow one to work in Ethiopia. However, in order to also reside in Ethiopia an additional residence permit is required. The residence permit applications are handled by the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs and the work and residence permit are required to legally live and work in Ethiopia.
The application for a work permit must be submitted by our local provider because local authorities in Ethiopia need to be approached. After approval of the work authorization, the second application for the residence permit must be submitted.
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.