Government increases immigration fees

8 Mar 17



What is the change? The Zambian government has increased its fees for immigration-related permits across the board.

What does the change mean? Government processing fees for employment permits have doubled and fees for residence permits have increased 25 percent. Other relevant fee increases are listed below.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate. The new fees took effect Monday, March 6.
  • Visas/permits affected: All permits, including employment permits, residence permits, study permits, spousal permits, investor’s permits, etc.
  • Who is affected: Zambian companies sponsoring foreign nationals for work and residence permits.
  • Business impact: Companies should budget for the increases.

Below is a schedule of the new government fees for private-sector employers and employees. All figures in Zambian kwacha (1,000 kwacha equals about US$104).

Employment Permits Old fee New fee
    New K 3,000 K 6,000
    Renewal K 3,500 K 7,000
    Duplicate K 3,000 K 6,000
    Change of occupation K 1,500 K 3,000
    Change of employer K 1,500 K 3,000
Residence Permit
   Issuance K 4,000 K 5,000
   Duplicate K 4,000 K 5,000
Spouse Permit
   Issuance K 500 K 750
   Renewal K 1,000 K 1,500
   Duplicate K 500 K 750
Temporary Employment Permit
    Issuance K 3,000 K 4,500
    Renewal K 3,500 K 5,250
    Duplicate K 3,000 K 5,250
    Variation K 3,500 K 5,250
Visiting Permit
    Issuance K 1,000 K 1,700
    Renewal K 1,500 K 2,500
    Duplicate K 1,000 K 1,700

BAL Analysis: Government fees for visas will not change (US$50 for single-entry, US$80 for multiple- entry). All other permit fees have been raised, and companies and individuals should prepare for the increased costs.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Zambia. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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