If expats will be in Egypt for longer than 90 days, they will need a residence visa. This permit is also needed to work or study in the country. Once obtained, residence visas are renewable and issued with a validity of up to five years. After ten years of continuous residence in Egypt, expats are entitled to apply for citizenship.
If an expat plans to take up employment in Egypt, they will need a work permit in addition to a residence permit.
The process of acquiring a work permit for Egypt can be complicated. Luckily, employers will usually take care of the bulk of the paperwork involved in applying for a work permit.
Because work permit applications require the participation of the expat's employer, it is not possible to obtain a work permit without a solid job offer from an employer in Egypt.
Applying for a work permit for Egypt
Before expats and their employers can begin the process of applying for a work permit, they will need to get clearance from the relevant authorities in Egypt and the employee will need to undergo an HIV test.
Applicants must submit a work permit application form along with numerous supporting documents. Once expats have secured a work permit for Egypt, it is usually valid for a year, after which it will need to be renewed.