Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I apply for a Ugandan Work Permit?
A work permit application is actually an application for a temporary residence permit. Work permits applications for Uganda are handled by the Department of Immigration – ministry of internal affairs. They should be submitted to the Ugandan High Commission in the country where the candidate is normally resident. These applications are quite extensive and will involve producing original signed documents from both the Ugandan office and the office of the forwarding company. The time needed to do this should be factored into plans.
2. How long will it take to get a candidate on-site with a Ugandan Work Permit?
Properly presented applications can be processed in 45 (forty five) calendar days. Once the application is approved, the candidate may travel immediately to Uganda to start work. If you are looking to work in Uganda, UGIS can professionally and expeditiously arrange for Work Permits for you and Dependants passes for your family if you qualify. Work permits are regulated in terms of Section 19, Regulation 28 and items 19(1), 19(2), 20, 21 and 22, of Schedule A. There are 2 categories/classes of work permits as defined in the Act.
- Class F work permits may be issued to a member of a prescribed profession who intends to practice such profession in Uganda who satisfies the immigration board that— (a) s/he is in possession of such qualifications as may be prescribed; and (b) s/he is in possession of sufficient capital or assured income to enable him/her to give effect to his/her intention.
- Class G work permits may be issued to a person who satisfies the Immigration board that s/he has been offered and has accepted employment with a specific company or institution in Uganda. Class G investors and employees are required by law to execute a security bond equivalent to the cost of a single economy class ticket to their country of origin as part of the requirements for the application for the permit.
3. Can my company apply for all types of work permit through the High Commission?
No. It is only possible to make applications for work permits for employees who are being seconded within an international group, (an intra-company transfer).
4. Can the candidate be accompanied by his/her family?
Yes. However additional documentation will be required.
5. Can a candidate apply for a work permit?
No. The employer must make a work permit application, and the resulting permit will be employer-specific.
6. Is it necessary to apply for the visa separately when I travel in and out of Uganda?
No. In Uganda, the visa is included in the work permit application.
7. What elements should be included in a service contract to ensure that it is suitable for a work permit application?
A provision of service contract should include the following elements: (1) The day to day line management of the consultants remains with the service provider, (2) Warranted deliverables, (3) Should cover the entire period for which the permit is required, and (4) Should be signed by both parties, and the client on official company letterhead.