The Tanzanian immigration landscape is notorious for being inconsistent, time-consuming, expensive and above all, unnecessarily difficult. However, Tanzanian immigration may just become somewhat of a myth when looking at the latest draft notice, which the Tanzanian government intends to implement. Kindly have a look here: Draft Public Notice -jobs that may be occupied /Tanzania

As you will note, the draft notice contains a very specific list of sectors and job titles which foreign nationals may occupy.

In addition, it stipulates the minimum level of education required to occupy the role, as well as the minimum work experience within the relevant sector, and within the particular role.

This type of restriction, especially for a country which is a far cry from a first world country, is beyond anything known of worldwide.

Not even the proposed amendment to the South African Critical Skills List compares to this, and this list has removed, as well as reduced a number of occupations.

To elaborate on how extremely restrictive the draft notice is, it contains the minimum level of education, which is mostly a Bachelor’s Degree, the minimum years of experience within the sector, being 10 years, and to top it off, you also have to be in the relevant position for 5 years!

Should this notice be implemented, it will result in major issues for companies who require technicians to work on a specific site, as more often than not, these individuals do not have a tertiary education, nor do they have 5 years of experience, especially within the same role.

Furthermore, Tanzania will only be doing the country a disservice in implementing such stringent requirements, as it is likely to have an extremely negative impact on the economy and on government projects, especially infrastructure projects, such as the Gauge Railway (SGR) Line from Morogoro to Makutupora, which happens to be one of the President’s prized projects.

In conclusion, we would recommend that Tanzanian companies, potential investors, as well as foreign companies who have been awarded tenders oppose the implementation of this proposed law change.  In addition, all other companies who intend sending their employees to Tanzania are hereby advised to contact their immigration provider to double-check whether the notice has been enacted into law, especially over the next 6 – 12 months, as often changes to the immigration landscape are not adequately communicated to the public.


by Andreas Krensel