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Immigration support for hiring expats in Zambia via a PEO

If your business objectives are related to hiring expatriate personnel in Zambia, 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 Zambia, 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 Zambia. 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 Zambia both short- and long-term. If you need to legally hire and pay the expatriates in Zambia, 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 Zambia
  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 Zambia.

Note: Having a single provider that would sponsor a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs expats in Zambia, 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 Zambia. 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 Zambia takes from 1 to 4 months until entry to Zambia, and a further 1 day before the entire process is completed.


Major steps to get a work permit in Zambia

  1. Employment Permit Application
  2. Entry to Zambia

Documents for work permit in Zambia, main applicant

Name Notes Copies
Certified Copy Of Passport Information Page Certified copies of passport and the Zambian entry stamp (as well as any previous visas for Zambia if applicable). Passport should be valid for more than 3 months beyond the date of the planned assignment. One clear and certified copy
2 Passport Photographs (2 x 2) Two recent passport size photos, one of which must be certified on the back as a true likeness of the applicant. Two originals
Certified Copy of Educational Certificates Certified photocopies of relevant academic and professional certificates. One clear and certified copy
Police Clearance Certificate Issued by the country of permanent residence or nationality, and accompanied by a translation into English if applicable. Should be no older than 90 days. One original
Passport Valid for 2 Years Original passport valid for over two years and containing at least two blank pages. One original

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Zambia 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.

Call us for more information about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Zambia.

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