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  3. Global PEO and payroll
  4. Work permit for hiring expats via PEO
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Using A PEO Service With Immigration Support With Expat Hiring In Sri Lanka

Looking to hire expatriate personnel for international assignments in Sri Lanka? This is a loaded process to go through, including finding ways to:

  • Stay compliant with Sri Lanka’s immigration laws
  • Have all the necessary documents for work permit sponsorship
  • Effectively manage employment and payroll when your team has their visas

Compounding the issue is that a lot of expat workers generally go into Sri Lanka to handle shorter projects. So it doesn’t make much sense to set up your own subsidiary to arrange local payroll for your employees. Instead, you may want to take a look at a simpler solution.

For those that want to hire and pay expats in Sri Lanka, that means enlisting a global PEO that includes work permit support. This saves your company the headache of trying to incorporate in a new country. Your new PEO partner will provide all the guidance you need to handle Sri Lanka’s immigration procedures to get your team their visas/permits. After that, they can also help with onboarding and payroll for your expat team.

Acumen International has provided this service for our clients’ expatriate personnel in Sri Lanka, both for short- and long-term projects. We offer a compliant and fast way to get your team on the ground and working. No matter your timeline or business goals, Acumen International offers end-to-end work permit support and ensures full compliance with local labor legislation in Sri Lanka and 189 other countries.

Curious as to the best matches for Acumen’s work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution? These include:

  • Employer companies that plan to relocate, hire, and utilize expat workers in Sri Lanka.
  • Seasoned professionals that have already found an employer to finance their immigration and foreign employment, but just need to simplify the process.
  • Businesses planning to hire highly-skilled expats and send them to fill top positions in Sri Lanka.

A side note, you may not realize that by partnering with a single provider to handle both expat employment and work permit sponsorship, it’s a lot less likely your visas will be rejected. Our global immigration support will also save you time from trying to understand and navigate the different international rules and regulations.

Compared to other global PEO services, Acumen provides added benefits outside of a work permit if you have personnel on international assignments in Sri Lanka. These include:

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

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 procedure of work permit issuance in Sri Lanka takes from 1 to 4 months until entry to Sri Lanka, and a further 1 week before the whole process is completed.


Major steps to get a work permit in Sri Lanka

  1. Ministry Clearance
  2. Entry Visa Application
  3. Entry to Sri Lanka
  4. Residence Visa Application

Documents for work permit in Sri Lanka, main applicant

NameNotesCopies
Copies of Passport Information PageOne clear copy
CV/ResumeOne clear copy
Educational CertificatesCertain Ministries require certified copies of certificates.One clear copy
Request Letter for Ministry ClearanceAddressed to the relevant authorities, from the applicant. May be drafted by a local agent/adviser.One clear copy
Letter of Authorisation (Personal)If using a third party for application filing and collection.One original
2 Passport Photographs 3.5cm x 4.5cm3.5cm x 4.5cm, in color, with a white background. Face forward, mouth closed, eyes open.Two originals
Entry Visa Application FormOne original
Request Letter for Entry VisaAddressed to the relevant authorities, from the applicant. May be drafted by a local agent/adviser.One original
Passport valid for 2 months minimum beyond intended period of stay.One original
Request Letter for Residence VisaAddressed to the relevant authorities, from the applicant. May be drafted by a local agent/adviser.One original
Residence Visa FeeLKR 20,000One original
Photo Capturing PaperThis is a form for submitting a passport photo. It includes the applicant’s name, passport number, nationality and gender, the category of residence visa applied for, the signature of the applicant and the date.One original
Residence Visa Application FormOne original

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

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