How to Get a Work Permit in Egypt
So, you’ve made the decision to work abroad, whew the hard part is over. Or is it? Now you’re wondering what the next steps are. Do you need a work permit and where do you begin? Before you leave your home country, you will want to ensure a smooth process upon arrival.
You must have a genuine job offer in place, as your new employer is essential in the application process.
Foreign nationals should also check on visa requirements before leaving their home country. There are some countries that are exempt from needing a visa upon entry, however, it can obtained upon arrival. Either way, check with the Egyptian Embassy beforehand.
Accepted a Job, Now What?
An Expat that is intent on working in Egypt needs to get a work permit and there are two different ways to go about it. First, you may have accepted a job offer from an employer in Egypt, which means that the employer will take care of all the paperwork needed to apply and obtain the work permit. Or the second scenario, you have decided to live in Egypt, thus apply from within the country, this way is a bit trickier and complicated to an inexperienced expat , but can be done by hiring a company that specializes in visas and work permits. Once you get the work permit, it is valid for one year and it can be renewed.
While the paperwork to get the work permit is pretty standard, you will need to provide a plethora of documents. Some of the required documents are:
• A valid passport
• Seven (7) passport photos
• Two (2) copies of the employer incorporation contract
• Two (2) copies of Tax ID Card
• Two (2) copies of academic degree
• A license required for practicing profession
• A letter from the employer which states why it is necessary to hire a foreigner versus an Egyptian
• Approval from the corresponding authority/ministry
• An official spokesperson from the employer to act on your behalf for the work permit
• A copy showing negative HIV results
• A clearance showing approval from Egypt’s State Security Service
How Long Does It Take?
It normally takes a few months to obtain a valid work permit, so you need to be patient and plan accordingly. Once you have obtained the permit, your visa can then be turned into a work visa which will be valid for the same amount of time as your work permit.
Take the Headache Away and Contact WPE
Take the headache away and contact Work Permit Egypt (WPE). Work Permit Egypt can help facilitate with the procedure of getting a work permit and visa.
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