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Immigration support for hiring expats in Cameroon via a PEO

If your business objectives are related to hiring expatriate personnel in Cameroon, there are some things you need to consider. Among them are:

  1. the peculiarities of immigration procedure in the country
  2. documents required to get a work permit
  3. in-country employment and payroll for foreign citizens after visa has been issued.

Given the fact that expats are often sent abroad for short-term projects, many companies often opt for no entity hiring. This means companies look for simpler, more cost-effective options versus onboarding and paying expats through their own local subsidiaries

For companies hiring and paying expats overseas and particularly in Cameroon, a global PEO with work permit support as part of the service might be a viable alternative to incorporation in the country. A PEO service company will walk you and your expats through every step of immigration procedure in Cameroon. After the work permit or visa have been received, a PEO provider would officially onboard and payroll your expats in a foreign country on your behalf.

Acumen International has been hiring and payrolling our clients’ expatriates in Cameroon both short- and long-term. If you need to legally hire and pay the expatriates in Cameroon, we can help you. Regardless of business objectives and timelines, Acumen International can arrange end-to-end work permit support for hiring your expats in full legal compliance with local labor legislation after the permit documents have been issued.

Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution is designed for:

  1. employer companies like yourself that want to relocate the selected expats to Cameroon
  2. individuals that have an employer that is ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country
  3. the service is mainly used by companies hiring highly skilled personnel that they send abroad to fill some top positions in Cameroon.

Note: Having a single provider that would sponsor a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs expats in Cameroon, minimizes risks of visa rejection. In addition, it takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, Acumen International can provide extra benefits in addition to work permit received for further employment of expats in Cameroon. This includes medical insurance, housing, office rent, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, etc.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Cameroon takes from 3 days to 2 weeks until entry to Cameroon, and a further 2 to 5 months before the whole process is completed.


Major steps to get a work permit in Cameroon

  1. Work Permit Application
  2. Visa Application on Arrival
  3. Entry to Cameroon
  4. Residence Permit Application
  5. Exit Visa Application

Documents for work permit in Cameroon, main applicant

Name Notes Copies
Resume/CV (5 years) Showing relevant professional experience and education for at least the last five years. One clear copy
Medical Certificate A certificate issued by a doctor no more than 90 days prior to the application stating the applicant is fit to work. This may be issued from the country of residence or from Cameroon (if the applicant changes status in-country or is in Cameroon on business travel prior to the employment). Must be translated into English or French if not in one of these languages. One clear and translated copy; one original
Passport and Visa Copy Certified copy of the passport information and any previous Cameroonian visa stamp pages. This should not be older than three months at the time of application. One clear and certified copy
Power of Attorney (Personal) Signed power of attorney if using a third party for application filing and collection. One original
Police Clearance Certificate A police clearance certificate from the current country of residence is required for the work permit application (may be Cameroon if the applicant has been there for over 90 days). This must be no older than three months at the time the application is submitted. Should be translated into French or English if not issued in one of these languages. One translated copy; one original
Legalised Qualification Proof of highest educational qualification, legalized for use in Cameroon. Should be certified in Cameroon and translated into French or English if necessary. One certified and translated copy; one legalized original
Passport valid for 12 months minimum With at least 2 blank visa pages One original
Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate No older than 6 months prior to date of entry to host country. One original
Bank statements Bank statements for the previous year showing a credit balance. One clear copy
Visa Application Form Completed and signed One original
Proof of Temporary Accommodation Confirmed hotel reservations, stating name, address and telephone number of the hotel, including confirmation number. Confirmed accommodation if not a hotel, stating name, address and telephone number of the lodging place. One clear copy
Visa on Arrival Fee 50 000 (Fifty Thousand) FCFA One original

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Cameroon without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Cameroon.

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