Work and Residence Permits
In January 2002, the government issued an order exempting senior executives of Botswana IFSC approved companies from the normal requirements of work and residence permits. While IFSC companies are still required to make a commitment to provide employment opportunities for suitably qualified citizens, the IFSC recognizes the need for foreign companies to bring in expert skills from outside to set up the new operation. As such, executives of approved companies can obtain 1 – 3 year permits, which can be extended if necessary.
The Botswana IFSC will assist approved companies in the entire application process, to ensure that the necessary permits are obtained in a timely manner.
Requirements for Application for Exemption (Work Permit)
- 2 x Form 4 duly completed
- 2 x passport photographs of applicant
- 1 x Curriculum Vitae
- 1 x Letter of Appointment
- Certified Copies of Certificates
- Photocopies of passport
- Applications should be routed through the Botswana IFSC
Requirements for Application for Residence Permit
- 1 x Form 16
- 1 x Medical report
- 1 x Curriculum Vitae plus certified copies of certificates
- 1 x Offer Letter / Contract of employment
- Photocopies of passport
- 4 x passport photos
- Copy of Exemption Certificate
- If applicant is accompanied by dependents, two passport size photographs of each dependent and photocopies of their passports
- P80.00 application fee (Approximately USD 16.00)
- All applications should be routed through the Botswana IFSC
All necessary forms can be obtained from the Botswana IFSC offices.
All visitors must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months, except those with United Nations Convention travel documents. Visitors must also have outgoing travel documents and sufficient funds to finance their stay. Valid entry visas are mandatory, and may be obtained from Botswana’s various embassies and high commissions abroad. In countries where Botswana is not represented, visas may be obtained from the British High Commission. Entry visas obtained at border posts are valid for a maximum of 30 days, although extensions may be obtained from any immigration office in Botswana. No visitor is allowed more than a 90-day stay in every calendar year, unless permission has been granted in the form of a waiver pending the outcome of a residence permit application.
Visas are not required for nationals of Commonwealth countries (except for Ghana, India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan), and some foreign countries with which Botswana has concluded visa abolition agreements. These include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Samoa, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, United States of America, Uruguay and Serbia and Montenegro.
For further information, contact the Department of Immigration, P.O. Box 942, Gaborone, Botswana, Telephone (267) 361 1300, Fax (267) 352996.