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

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

  • Navigating Egypt’s 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 Egypt, 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 Egypt’s 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 Egypt 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 Egypt 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 Egypt.
  • 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 Egypt

Important thing that you may not be aware of. Having a single provider to sponsor your work permit and employ your expats in Egypt 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 procedure of work permit issuance in Egypt takes from 1 to 3 months until entry to Egypt, and a further 2 to 4 months before the whole process is completed.


Major steps to get a work permit in Egypt

  1. Prior to Entry Work Permit
  2. Entry Visa Application
  3. Entry to Egypt
  4. Work Permit Application
  5. Issuance of Final Work Permit
  6. Issuance of Final Residence Permit

Documents for work permit in Egypt, main applicant

Name Notes Copies
Letter Confirming No Previous Work Permit A letter written and signed by the applicant, confirming that no work permit was previously held in Egypt. One original
8 Passport Photographs 4cm x 6cm Recent, in colour, on a white background. Facing forward, eyes open, mouth closed, neutral expression. Eight originals
Copy of all pages of passport (valid for 2 years minimum) One clear copy
Certificate(s) of Experience Certificate(s) of Experience for the employee, issued by the previous employer, listing his/her seniority within the company and specific skills and experience must be submitted. The letter must cover at least three years of experience – if not, letters from previous employers should be sought. This should be printed on letterhead, and legalised by the Egyptian consulate in the issuing country for use in Egypt and accompanied by a certified translation into Arabic. Sufficient lead time for this process must be allowed. One clear, certified and translated copy; one legalized original
Evidence of legal immigration status Evidence of legal residency in the applicant’s country of residence, where the application is being made (if he/she holds a passport from a different country) One original
2 Passport Photographs 3.5cm x 4.5cm 3.5cm x 4.5cm, in colour, with a white background. Face forward, mouth closed, eyes open. Two originals
Passport valid for 2 years minimum One original
Visa Application Form (Egypt) Completed and signed; current linked example is for the Egyptian Consulate in the UK. One original
Visa Application Fee One original
Medical Test Results A copy of the medical test results. Original document should be available to show if requested. One clear copy
3 Passport Photographs 4cm x 6cm Recent, in colour, on a white background. Face forward, eyes open, mouth closed, neutral expression. Three originals
Power of Attorney (personal) If appointing a representative to arrange the passport endorsement. One original

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

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