Egypt – Delays, Changes to Work Permit Applications and Requirements

What has changed

Egypt’s Ministry of Manpower and Immigration has recently released new information related to the processing of new work permit applications.

Over the past three (3) days, Egyptian authorities began refusing to accept new work permit applications. They have since resumed processing of new requests, but will now require additional documentation for work permit applications.

Initially, authorities offered little clarity about the reasons for the service disruption. but have now shared new details on the revised document requirements. Nonetheless, given the recent suspension of services and additional materials required for new work permit applications, delays are likely to be encountered.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Any foreign national planning to submit a new work permit application to the Egyptian authorities.
    • These recent changes to the work permit application process should not affect applications currently in process or new applications for renewal and de-registration services.

Any individual who has not yet submitted their work permit application to the Egyptian immigration authorities will likely encounter delays as new process requirements are implemented. Effectively immediately, government authorities have confirmed the following additional document requirements:

  •  A letter of support (with certificate of experience ) containing a detailed job description. This document must be prepared by the host (Egyptian) company in Arabic and also include a brief description of the applicant’s work experience and how that experience will benefit the host company.
  • Additionally, applicants holding passports from a majority of African and Asian countries will also be required to submit a legalized employment contract translated into Arabic. The document must be legalized by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an Egyptian Embassy with jurisdiction over an applicant’s place of residence.

The work permit application process is expected to take at least 30 business days from the date of submission.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Individuals planning to submit new work permit applications for Egypt should ensure that all required documentation is prepared in advance of submission.
  • Nationals of most Asian and African countries should prepare legalized work contracts to accompany their applications for “prior to arrival work permits” to avoid lengthy delays or refusals.
  • Understand that processing delays may be encountered, and are indeed likely, for the foreseeable future as authorities work to fully implement these changes.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.