DO YOU NEED A WORK VISA FOR YOUR UPCOMING SHORT TRIP TO NAMIBIA?

Namibia is considered a politically stable democracy and one of the most competitive economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Many companies chose to settle there to expand their business activities. As such this article provides an overview on the Short-Term Work Visa or a Short-Term Work Permit which is designed for short term assignments in Namibia.

What is a short-term work permit or short-term work visa?

A Short-Term Work Visa or a Short-Term Work Permit is designed for employees willing to conduct short term work activities in Namibia. It is submitted to the Department of Home Affairs in Namibia and issued for 90 days or 180 days. Extensions of the said visa or permit can be considered should an employee wish to remain in Namibia to finalize his business duties. Extension of the visa or permit are granted for an additional 90 days. Short-Term Work Visas issued with a validity of 180 days are non-extendable. The current processing time for a Short-Term Work Visa or Short-Term Work Permit is 14 to 21 days.

Why should you apply for a short-term work permit or work visa?

Depending on the nature of your activities in-country, you must obtain a work permit prior to entering Namibia and especially before the commencement of work. Employers may be liable to penalties and fines should foreign nationals be found to be working on their premises.  The Department of Home Affairs conducts regular inspections to ensure employers are compliant from an immigration perspective.

What do I need before travelling to Namibia for work purposes? 

Upon finalization of a Short-Term Work Visa or Short-Term Work Permit application, the candidate is issued a letter of approval. At the point of entry, the approval letter or the visa print must be presented to the border control official, who will then duly endorse the same into the applicant’s passport.

What are the requirements for the short-term work permit or short-term work visa?

The Department of Home Affairs requires a few quintessential documents interalia the application process which include a copy of passport, a letter of invitation from the host company, copies of all degrees and qualifications, and a detailed curriculum vitae. All documents must be certified copies of the original for a successful submission to the Department of Home Affairs in Namibia.

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Zainab

Zainab Bouziane
Immigration Consultant