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RESIDENCE PERMITS

 

Any foreigner intending to reside in the United Republic of Tanzania for investment, business, employment or any other legal activity may be issued with a Residence Permit. The issuance of Residence Permit is governed by the Immigration Act No. 7 of 1995 and its Regulations of 1997.

The authority to issue Residence Permits is vested to the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services. Applicants who are not satisfied with the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services decisions may appeal to the Minister of Home Affairs. Applications for Residence Permit Class B and C should be submitted while applicants are outside the country.

TYPES OF RESIDENCE PERMITS

There are three types of Residence Permits:

Residence Permit Class 'A'

Residence Permit Class 'B'

Residence Permit Class 'C'

RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'A'

Residence Permit Class A may be granted to a person other than a prohibited Immigrant who intends to enter or remain in Tanzania and engage in trade, Business, Profession, Agriculture, Animal husbandry, prospecting of Minerals or manufacture.

REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'A'

  (i) Application forms (T.I.F.1) in duplicate duly filled in;

  (ii) Security Bond (T.I.F.12);

  (iii) Covering letter;

  (iv) Curriculum Vitae (CV);

  (v) A copy of National Passport (with validity of not less than a year);

  (vi) Certified copies of Academic Certificates (if any);

  (vii) Evidence of capital of the company. This includes:-

  (a) Bank Statement(s);

  (b) Balance Sheet;

  (c) A list of the company's assets with their value;

  (d) Proof of ownership of assets/properties e.g. Motor Vehicle Registration Cards, Title Deed/Certificate of Right of occupancy etc.

  (e) Proof of importation of company goods (if any) etc.

(viii)  Evidence of the Premises of the company. This may include:-

 (a) Lease Agreement (if it is a leased premise) or

 (b) Title deed (if it is a company's property)

(ix) Memorandum and Articles of Association (for a limited company)

(x) Certificate of Incorporation, Compliance or Registration of the Company/Business as the case may be.

NOTE:

Applicants for Residence Permits Class A are advised to consult the Business Registration and Licensing Authority on how to register a Company or Business in United Republic of Tanzania.

(xi) Extract from Register for business not incorporated as a Limited Company

(xii)  Business Licenses (These may include special licenses issued to some businesses, e.g. Industrial License, Mining License, Casino License, Tourist Agent's License) etc.

(xiii) Registration Certificates from relevant Regulatory Authorities (other Businesses require authorization from Specific Regulatory Authorities)

(xiv)  Value Added Tax (VAT) Certificate (for Businesses entitled to pay this type of tax)

(xv)  Tax Payer's Identity Number (T.I.N.) Certificate;

(xvi)  Business License Tax Clearance Certificate;

(xvii)  Certificate of Incentive (in case the Business or project has been registered with the Tanzania Investment Centre - T.I.C. or Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority - ZIPA for Zanzibar);

(xviii)  Share Certificate (where the applicant is a share holder in a registered company);

(xix)  Transfer of Share(s)/Stock Deed  (incase the applicant is a share holder by virtue of some shares being transferred to him );

(xx)  Board Resolution i.e. Extract of the Board Meeting resolving to appoint the applicant as a Director (where the applicant is not among the first Directors);

(xxi)  Return of Allotment of Shares (Form No. 55(a) from the Registrar of Companies incase the applicant has been allotted some shares and should include a Board resolution resolving to expand the capital of the company and allot a number of shares to the applicant;

(xxii)  Six Passport Size photographs.

Note: Application for Residence Permit Class A' may be lodged at Immigration Department's Headquarters or The Tanzania Investment Centre-TIC or Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority-ZIPA for Zanzibar (incase the business or project has been registered with TIC and ZIPA respectively).

FEES FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'A'

After an application for Residence Permit Class A has been approved and the applicant notified on the approval of the same, he is required to pay fee as prescribed from time to time.see fee structure. The approval will cease to have effect after sixty days from the date of such notification pursuant to regulation 29 of the Immigration Regulations, 1997.

 

RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'B'

Residence Permit Class 'B' is issued to a foreigner other than a Prohibited Immigrant who has obtained specified employment in Tanzania, and the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services (subject to recommendation by the Director of Employment) is satisfied that he possesses qualifications or skills necessary for that employment and that his employment will be of benefit to Tanzania.

REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'B'

(i)Application forms (TIF 1) duly filled in duplicate ;

(ii) General security covenant (TIF. 13);

(iii) Curriculum vitae (CV) of the employee;

(iv) A copy of National Passport (with validity of not less than a year);

(v)Certified copies of Academic Certificates;

(vi) Service testimonial from previous employer (if any);

(vii) Employment contract, duly signed by the employer or his representative and the employee;

(viii) Job description;

(ix)  Official translation of documents/certificates in case they are written in a language other than English or Kiswahili;

(x) Certificates of Registration, Clearance or License from authorize Institutions i.e. Persons with some job titles or qualifications that require registration with authorize Institutions and Certificate, Clearance or Licenses be issued. These include Accountants, Engineers, Architects, Surveyors, Doctors, Teachers, Nurses, Pilots, Employees in Security Companies, executive Personnel in Financial Institutions such as Banks, Bureau De Change etc.

(xi) Memorandum and Articles of Association of the employing company;

(xii) Certificate of Incorporation or Compliance (as the case may be)

(xiii) Business Licenses (these may include other Licenses, issued to some businesses, e.g.  Industrial License, Mining License, Casino License, Tourist Agent's License, Certificate of Registration from Contractors Registration Board) etc.

(xiv)Value Added Tax (VAT) Certificate (for Businesses entitled to pay this type of tax);

(xv) Tax Payer's Identity Number (T.I.N.) Certificate;

(xvi) Business License Tax Clearance Certificate;

(xvii) a letter of recommendation from the Director of Employment, Ministry of Labour and Employment;

(xviii) a covering letter from the Employer;

(xix) Six Passport Size photographs.

Note:

Applications for Residence Permit Class B should be lodged at the Office of the Director of Employment, Ministry of Labour and Employment or The Tanzania Investment Center (in case the business or project of the employer is registered with the  Tanzania Investment Center) or Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority-ZIPA for Zanzibar for consideration as the case may be, and the Director of Employment will forward his recommendations to the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Service for approval of Residence Permit Class 'B'.

Applicants for Residence Permit Class 'B' are required to submit their applications while they are outside the country.

FEES FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'B'

After an application for Residence Permit Class 'B' has been approved and the applicant  notified on the approval of the same, he is required to pay the fee as prescribed from time to time.see fee structure. The approval will cease to have effect after sixty days from the date of such notification pursuant to regulation 29 of the Immigration Regulations, 1997.

 

RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'C'

Residence Permit  Class "C"  may be issued to foreigners intending to enter  and reside in Tanzania for purposes other than those specified for the grant of Residence Permit Class "A"  or "B". These include; students, researchers, volunteers, persons attending cases in Court of Laws, persons who have formerly been residents and are about to leave the country (i.e. winding up affairs), and persons attending medical treatment in hospitals. Requirements for Residence Permit Class "C" differs depending on the categories of activities that a foreigner intends to engage in.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ISSUANCE OF RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'C'

(i) Application forms (TIF 1) duly filled in duplicate ;

(ii) General security covenant (TIF. 13);

(iii) Curriculum vitae (CV) of the employee;

(iv) A copy of National Passport (with validity of not less than a year);

(v)Certified copies of Academic Certificates;

(vi) Service testimonial from previous employer (if any);

(vii) Six Passport Size photographs.

 

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF ACTIVITIES

STUDENTS:

(i) Registration Certificate of  the School/College;

(ii) Joining instructions and admission letter from the school or college;

(iii) A letter from the Ministry Responsible for Education (for students attending internship or externship programmes);

(iv) Proof of particulars of residence of the host in Tanzania (i.e. in case a student is hosted by either a resident or a citizen of Tanzania he/she school submit proof of immigration status and/or particulars of residence of the host as the case may be).

(v) Covering letter from the College or School.

Note:

Students from East African Community Partner States are not required to apply for Residence Permit Class C. Instead, they are issued with an Exemption Certificate upon application and fulfillment of prescribed procedures. No fee is payable for this document.

RESEACHERS:

(i) Research Permit;

(ii) Covering letter from the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTEC);

(iii) A letter from a relevant Ministry depending on the area of proposed research (for the case of Zanzibar).

RELIGIOUS MISSIONARIES

(i) Ordination Certificate for Pastors and Priests (if required);

(ii) Constitution of the religious Institution;

(iii) Registration Certificate of religious institution;

(iv) Letter of Appointment/Service Agreement from the Religious Institution;

(v) Covering letter from the Religious Institution.

RETIRED PERSONS

(i) previous Residence Permit ( in case the applicant was a resident in Tanzania);

(ii) release letter from the previous employer;

(iii) evidence of income. This includes Bank statements and pension payment slips;

(iv) evidence of residence in Tanzania i.e. Title deed, Lease or Tenancy Agreement etc.

(v) applicant's covering letter.

WINDING UP OF AFFAIRS

(i) previous Residence Permit;

(ii) evidence of termination of employment contract;

(iii) covering letter from the previous employer/applicant

TREATMENT

(i) Admission letter from the hospital;

(ii) Doctor's report;

(iii) Applicant/hospital's covering letter.

Note:

A person  with  a job title   or qualification which  is subject  to be registered and issued with relevant certificate, clearance or licenses, should apply  and  obtain the same prior to the submission of application for Residence Permit class "C".

Applicant for Residence Permit Class "C is not allowed to be in the country before the approval of his application (except for cases where the applicant has been resident in Tanzania, e.g. Retired person and winding up of affairs cases).

FEES FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'C'

After an application for Residence Permit Class 'C' has been approved and the applicant  notified on the approval of the same, he is required to pay the fee as prescribed from time to time.see fee structure. The approval will cease to have effect after sixty days from the date of such notification pursuant to regulation 29 of the Immigration Regulations, 1997.

Note:

Wife and children below 18 years may be endorsed in the husband's/ father's Residence Permit and a Re-entry Pass fee is payable for each dependant.

Children expected to join schools/colleges require separate Residence Permits i.e. Residence Permit Class "C". Evidence of relationship of the holder  should be submitted, i.e. marriage certificate for the wife and birth certificate for children.

RE-ENTRY PASS

Holders of Residence Permits Class 'A', 'B' and 'C' are required to obtain the Re-entry passes after their applications have been approved.



 
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