Work Visa

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


Any foreigner seeking to take up residence employment in Zimbabwe is required to hold a valid work permit. Regulations allow local companies to employ foreigners under temporary work permits. These work permits are issued by the Department of Immigration upon an application by the company which is considered by the Foreign Recruitment Committee. The guiding condition is that the company should provide proof that the required skill cannot be sourced within Zimbabwe.

Specialized Areas

  • Professionals offering scarce skills which are not readily available in Zimbabwe.
  • Journalists on assignments.
  • Short-term Temporary Employment Permits (6 months) for personnel on short contracts.
  • Foreign Researchers – who must, in the first instance, be cleared by the Research Council of Zimbabwe.


12 months





Processing time

3-4 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Work Visa?

5 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need a passport valid for at least 6 months.
  • You need an offer of employment in Zimbabwe by the prospective employer.
  • You need proof of qualifications and experience.
  • You can work within the confines of the granted employment capacity.
  • You need to pay visa fee.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Work Visa?

8 Document Required

  • A non-refundable statutory fee of US$500.00.
  • Residence Permit Application forms completed by applicant.
  • Letter of offer of employment in Zimbabwe by the prospective employer indicating the capacity in which applicant is to be employed and salary and conditions of service.
  • Letter from the prospective employer requesting a Temporary Employment Permit stating the period required.
  • Documentary evidence in English of qualifications and experience in the proposed occupation i.e. certified copies of degrees, diplomas, certificates, and testimonials.
  • 2 recently taken full-face passport size photos of the applicant. (Both to be certified at the back as a true likeness of the applicant).
  • Certified copies of Birth Certificate.
  • Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable).

Talent Migration data for Zimbabwe

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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