Work Permit Processing Requirements, and Immigration Advisory Services in Uganda

Get your immigration procedures addressed in a timely and professional manner. Immigration is a prerequisite for any expatriate aiming to relocate to Uganda.

Houston Executive Consulting offers unique expertise with local Immigration offices, working with you and your staff to ensure that you get a valid immigration status without hassle or delay. Thus, you can start working or residing legally in the country with ease.

We are founded on Competence and Reliability, and therefore, commit to deadlines so that you can anticipate process timelines and forecast your budget. We are happy to have supported most of our clients successfully while enforcing a strict anti-corruption policy.

Our success comes from our experience and expertise in navigating these administrations, our knowledge of the procedures, and the professionalism of our application files.

We know that immigration procedures can be long and difficult if you don’t have the right people to work with. We offer competitive rates to make the process fast and easy so that you can avoid the uncertainty and insecurity that comes with being new in a country like Uganda.

Welcome to the country where you’re not only welcome but you’re invited to stay for as long as you want.

With us, you are sure of Work permit, Special Pass, Dependent Pass, Internship Pass, Student Pass, Multiple Journey Visa, Permanent Residency, and Alien Card.

Details about the Requirements, Different categories of Work Permits, and residence Facilities for working in Uganda

All foreign nationals intending to work in Uganda must ensure that they have the relevant work permit ONLY applied for online at www.visas.immigration.go.ug. The requirements for the different categories/classes of work permits are here below listed.

Class A (Government & Diplomatic Service)

NB: Applicants should be persons contracted for service in the Government of Uganda or diplomats accredited for service in Uganda.

Application requirements:

  • Attach photocopies of the passport
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Covering letter from the Embassy and a supportive letter from the ministry of Foreign Affairs-Note Verbale.

Class A2 (Government Contractors)

NB: Applicants should be persons on Government contracts, including persons serving in

Government tertiary institutions.

Application Requirements:

  • Attach photocopies of the passport
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Covering letter from the organization
  • Covering letter from the line ministry
  • Interpol letter from home country
  • Academic qualifications for professionals

Class B (Investment in Agriculture)

NB: Applicants should be persons intending to invest in the business of agriculture or animal husbandry.

Application Requirements:

  • 2 passport size photos
  • Photocopies of passport
  • Attach Covering letter from company
  • Land title
  • Uganda Investment Authority License
  • Letter from Ministry of Agriculture regarding intended agriculture venture
  • Recommendation from LC’s or RDC’s office
  • Work plan / Feasibility study of the project undertaken
  • Interpol letter from home country

Class C (Mining)

NB: Applicants should be persons intending to invest in the business of prospecting for minerals or mining in Uganda

Application Requirements:

  • Photocopies of passport
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Attach Covering letter from company
  • A license issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Articles and memorandum of Association
  • Supportive letter from Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Uganda Investment Authority License
  • Interpol letter from home country

Class D (Business and Trade)

NB: Applicants should be persons intending to carry on the business or trade in Uganda

Application Requirements:

  • Attach Covering letter from company
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Photocopies of the passport
  • Company’s bank statement
  • Uganda Investment Authority license ( where applicable )
  • Articles and memorandum of association
  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Income tax clearance
  • Trading license
  • Banking of Uganda Certificate of remittance of US $ 100,000
  • Letter of good conduct from home country / Interpol in a country of origin

Class E (Manufacturers)

NB: Applicants should be persons intending to engage in manufacturing business in Uganda

Application Requirements:

  • 2 passport size photos
  • photocopies of passport
  • Attach Covering letter from company
  • Company’s documents: Articles, memorandum, and certificate of incorporation
  • Investment license
  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Bank statement
  • Trading license
  • Income tax clearance
  • Letter of good conduct from home country or Interpol in a country of origin

Class F (Professionals)

NB: Applicants should be members of prescribed professionals intending to practice such profession in Uganda

Application Requirements:

  • 2 passport size photos
  • Photocopies of passport
  • Attach Covering letter
  • Qualifications
  • Registration with the relevant professional agency e.g. Association of Medical Practitioners
  • Company documents
  • Letter of good conduct from home country or Interpol letter from home country

Class G1 (Volunteers, NGO Workers, and Missionaries)

Application Requirements:

  • 2 passport size photos
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of NGO certificate
  • Criminal record report (from home country) or Interpol letter from home country)
  • Attach Covering letter from institution / NGO
  • Covering letter
  • Appointment letter
  • Qualifications

Class G2 (Employees)

NB: Applicants should be persons intending to work as employees whether for gain or not in Uganda.
NOTE: Applicants under this category can only enter Uganda after grant and payment for their work permits Application Requirements:

  • 2 passport size photos
  • Photocopies of passport
  • Academic qualifications
  • Letter of good conduct
  • Appointment letter
  • Attach Covering letter from company
  • Proof of failure to employ a Ugandan
  • Training opportunities for Ugandans
  • Investment letter
  • Income tax clearance
  • Articles and memorandum
  • Trading license
  • Company’s Bank statement
  • Certificate of incorporation

NOTE: Applicants under this category can only enter Uganda after grant and payment of their work permits.

Work Permit Renewal

  • Attach Covering letter from company
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Photocopies of permit in the passport and copy of bio-data page of the passport
  • Bank statement
  • Proof of Ugandans’ trained
  • List of Ugandans’ employed

Certificate of Residence

  • 3 passport size photos
  • LC1 recommendation letter
  • Covering letter
  • Medical report
  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of ownership of property (if any)

CR Due to Marriage

  • Requirements as above plus:
  • Marriage certificate copy (at least 3yrs)
  • Copy of spouse’s Uganda passport

Employment of EAC Nationals Under the EAC Common Market Protocol

Categories of workers allowed to work in Uganda under the EAC Common Market Protocol include Chairmen of companies; Civil engineers; Aircraft and ship controllers and technicians.

  • Applicant should fill work permit form and fulfill requirements under the specific category of work permit sought. (Refer to categories above)
  • EAC nationals who obtain work of more than 90 days should apply for a work permit within 15 days from the date of the concluding contract of employment.
  • A special pass should be sought for employment of not more than 90 days.
  • Special passes will be issued to EAC nationals pending the issuance of work permits.
  • Employers should furnish immigration with an annual return of EAC workers in the establishment.
  • EAC workers who change employment should notify immigration within 15 days of a change of employment and should apply for new work permits.
  • If a worker ceases employment, for which work permit was issued, he/ she must notify immigration within 15 days of cessation and apply for a pass to stay in Uganda or leave the country.

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