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Work Permit Application


This service gives a non-citizen permission to work in Botswana for a reward or to invest in Botswana for profit.

Who is eligible?


How do I get this service?
  • Download, complete the Work permit application form and submit with supporting documents to the nearest Labour Office
  • Collection of Work permit after notification if approved
  • Applicant can check after service collection period
What supporting documents are required?
  • Copy of job advert not older than six months old
  • Contract of employment
  • Application letter for work (signed)
  • Letter of offer or appointment letter
  • Applicants’ Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Certified copies of educational certificates. Please note that all certificates in foreign languages must be translated to English and be confirmed by Botswana Qualification Authority
  • Certified copy of a valid passport – biographic data page (picture, passport number, date of birth, birth place, expiry, etc.)
  • 2 x Passport-size photos (with a white background)
  • Clearance from relevant professional regulatory bodies
  • Letter from the patient’s doctor (Nurse Aid/ Care taker)
  • Supporting letter from relevant Ministries for Government projects
  • CV for understudies


Additional requirements unique to certain professions

  • Extra Heavy Duty Driver - Copy of Botswana Driver’s License or copy of classifications from the Department of Transport, Motor Vehicle Registration Book for vehicles and trailers, B A permits for trucks, P A permits for public transport and list of vehicles and transport permit numbers
  • Farm Worker - Farm Certificate/Title deed/ Lease Agreement, Brand Certificate and proof of livestock ownership, Employer’s copy of certified National Identity Card (Omang)
  • Seasonal Agricultural Worker for a period not exceeding 6 months - Farm Certificate/Title deed/ Lease Agreement, Brand Certificate and proof of livestock ownership, Employer’s copy of certified National Identity Card.

Professional or regulatory bodies (attach as annexure)

  • Medical Field - permission from the Botswana Nursing Council, the Midwifery Council of Botswana, Botswana Health Profession Council or the Ministry of Health
  • Teaching Field - permission to teach from the Ministry of Education, qualification evaluation from the Botswana Qualification Authority (BQA)
  • Accountants - clearance from the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA)
  • Footballer - clearance from the Botswana Football Association or Premier League
  • Pilot - clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana
  • Engineers - Membership from Engineers Registration Board


  • Proof of investment by provision of Bank Statement
  • Lease agreement/ proof of place of operation
  • Company registration documents
  • List of employees and their identifications, National identity card (Omang) for Citizens and certified copies of Work and Residence permits for Non- Citizens
  • List of valued assets (attach certified copies of registration books for vehicles)
  • Copy of certified valid Trade licence 
  • Certified copies of valid passport, biographic data page (picture, passport number, date of birth, birthplace, expiry, etc.)
  • Company profile
  • Current bank statement certified by the bank
  • 2 x Passport-size photos (with a white background)
How long will this service take?

Fourteen (14) working days

In case of renewal of work permit for employee and investor

  • Above requirements for work permit apply
  • Letter of renewal of contract
  • Copies of both work and residence permits

NB: Application for Renewal is to be submitted six (6) months before expiry of work permit

How much does it cost?
  • Work Permit fee - BWP 1,500.00
  • Work Permit renewal fee - BWP 1,500.00
  • Work Permit Replacement/ Duplicate fee - BWP 1,500.00
  • Late renewal submission fee - BWP 500.00 + BWP 20.00 each day after expiry of permits
Where can I get more information on this Service

District Contact Number

Department of Labour and Social Security
Head office, Gaborone
Tel. (+267) 37372772

Gaborone Regional Labour Office I
Tel. (+267) 3971406

Gaborone Regional Labour Office II
Tel. (+267) 3956019

Francistown Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 2416933

Lobatse Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 5332569

Maun Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 68622705/2418

Selibe Phikwe Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 2611598

Serowe Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 4632579

Kasane Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 6250216

Opening hours: 7:30 am to 12:45 and 13:45 to 16:30, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

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