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Using a PEO Service With Immigration Support For Expat Hiring In Brunei

If you have plans to hire expatriate personnel for international assignments in Brunei, you have a lot of key considerations to make. Some of the most important include:

  • Navigating Bruneian unique immigration procedures
  • Procuring all the documents required for a work permit
  • Managing employment and payroll after your workers get their visas

Most of the time, expats are sent abroad to work on short-term projects, which means trying to set up your own subsidiary isn’t practical in terms of time as well as money. A simpler, more cost-effective solution is equal.

If you need to pay expats overseas, in Brunei, in particular, that ideal solution is a global PEO that offers work permit support as a part of their service. Rather than going through the long process of incorporation, a PEO service will guide you through all the steps for Bruneian immigration procedures. When you get your permit/visa, the provider then helps onboard and payroll your expat team for you.

Acumen International has been providing this service for our clients’ expatriate personnel in Brunei for short- and long-term projects alike. If you want a quick and compliant way to manage this issue, we can help. No matter what business objectives or timelines you have to work with, Acumen International provides end-to-end work permit support. We also stay within full legal compliance with local labor legislation in Brunei and 190+ other countries.

So, with this in mind, who are the ideal candidates for Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution?

  • Employer companies that want to relocate, hire, and pay expats in Brunei.
  • Experienced, individual professionals that have an employer already prepared to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country.
  • Companies that plan to send their highly skilled personnel to work for them in Brunei

Important thing that you may not be aware of. Having a single provider to sponsor your work permit and employ your expats in Brunei post immigration cuts down on the risks of visa getting rejected.

One thing that sets us apart from other global PEO Service providers is that Acumen also provides additional benefits along with a PEO employment and work permit for expats to be employed on-the-ground. These include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Housing
  • Office rent
  • Mobile phone/car provision for meetings
  • Dependant relocation

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

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the employment processing takes 5 working days.


Major steps to get a work permit in Brunei Darussalam

  1. Obtain an employment visa before entry (The government of Brunei issues employment visa to foreigners in line with the employment contract).
  2. Apply for a labor quota license (issued by the Commissioner of Labor, Labor Department, Brunei Darussalam).
  3. To make legal registration with the Legal Department, Brunei Darussalam.
  4. Undergo a pre-employment medical examination in their country of residence as per the conditions set by the Ministry of Health, Brunei
  5. Application documents (Please see below).
  6. Apply for Employment Pass.
  7. Register for Brunei Identity Card (Green). The validity of the Identity Card is based on the Employment Pass held and can be renewed upon extension of the Employment Pass.

Documents for work permit in Brunei, main applicant

Type of documents
An application letter from the employer to the Director of Immigration and National Registration
An employment pass application form
A visa application form
The employer’s labor license
Labor Department Form 500
A passport recognized by the Brunei Director of Immigration and National Registration, with a validity of more than six months before entering the country
Required fee

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

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