Visitor’s visas for Tanzania
Work permits for Tanzania
Those wishing to take up employment in Tanzania will need to obtain a work permit through the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in their home country prior to relocation.
There are three main types of work permit for Tanzania, namely Class A, B and C. The Class A work permit is for people who are self-employed, entrepreneurs and investors. Class C is reserved for missionaries and students who may be entitled to take up part-time work.
Most expats, however, will need to apply for a Class B work permit. This visa entitles the holder to be employed by a company in Tanzania. Class B visas are actually granted by the Labour Department as opposed to the Director of Immigration Services, who handles the vast majority of visa applications.
In addition, once a foreigner has received their work permit they will need to apply for a residence permit through the Department of Immigration. The process can be quite complex and time-consuming so it is best to start as soon as possible and enlist the services of an immigration consultant where possible.
Residence permits for Tanzania
Any foreigner wishing to reside in Tanzania for a period longer than 90 days will need to apply for a residence permit. In most cases, these residence permits are tied to the type of work permit a foreigner has obtained.
Class A residence permits are granted to those that are self-employed and Class B is reserved for expats that are employed by a company in Tanzania. Class C covers a broad range of categories including students who may be permitted to take up part-time employment, researchers, retired people, missionaries and volunteers.
The required documents and processing times vary according to the type of residence permit a foreigner is applying for.