If you want to work in Zambia, you will need a Work Permit, which is an authorization granted to foreign nationals to take up employment in the country.
There are 2 types of work permit in Zambia, a “short-term” work permit and an “employment” (long-term) permit.
It is very important to know which type of permit the applicant will require as it is not possible to change from a short-term work permit to an employment permit in country.
The “short-term work” permit is typically for temporary employment and is issued for up to 3 months. It can be renewed once in country, making the length of time allocated 6 months in total.
The processing time for a “short-term work” permit is approximately 1 to 2 weeks.
The applicant can come in to Zambia on a business permit and apply for a short-term work permit in country.
The “employment” or long-term work permit is issued for up to 24 months; it can easily be renewed/extended by a process called “variation” and by which all that is required are the new company registration documents, a motivation letter and a contract of employment.
The processing time for an “employment” permit is approximately 4 to 6 weeks.
The applicant must be outside Zambia to apply for an employment permit.
Both short-term and long-term (“employment”) work permits can be renewed.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information or assistance in any related visa and immigration matter.