Work Permits for Swaziland Company Directors:
Once you register a company company in Swaziland, you can apply Work Permit as “Company Director”.
For immigration considerations, there is need to submit work/residence entry Permit application to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
For investors, the following documents need to be submitted:-
- A completed Form (Form 3)
- Medical certificate (Form 19)
- Certificate of incorporation
- Form J (list of Directors)
- Form C (list of shareholders)
- Memorandum of articles and association
- Covering Letter;
- Two passport size photos; and
- Police Clearance from home country
- Certified copy of passport
- Lease Agreements
There are several different classes of entry permits for people wishing to live in Swaziland, and for investors the classes are as follows:
Class D – agriculture and animal husbandry
Class E – prospecting for minerals or mining
Class F – trade, business or non-prescribed profession
Class G – manufacturing
Class H – prescribed professions
Class D applications should submit necessary permits to the Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Class E applications must have a mining right license from the Department of Geological Surveys and Mines, while Class F and G applications must furnish a Trading License.
At the time of submissions, the applicant will receive a dated receipt to help track applications; there is currently no application fee. At this point, the Ministry forwards the application to the police to ensure that the applicant has no criminal record. Once cleared by the police, the application goes to the Training and Localization Committee. Subsequently, the application goes to the Temporary Residence Permit Committee which makes the decision on the applicant. This committee includes officials from the Ministries of Home Affairs, Enterprise and Employment, and Justice. The Ministry of Enterprise and Employment is responsible for judging whether the business is viable and may require a business plan and interview to ask questions regarding the proposed business.
Once the Committee makes its decision, the Ministry writes a letter to the applicant. The applicant then goes to the Ministry’s accounts office to pay for the Permit. The Permit must then be signed by the Chief Immigration Officer and the Accounts office. If the application is complete, the Ministry’s target is to issue entry permits within two to three (2-3) weeks.
Entry permits are granted for periods up to five (5) years although the applicant should justify the request. This justification can be based on the level of exports or jobs to be created, or because a commercial bank refuses to provide a loan to those with only a two-year entry permit. In general, most applicants – both investors and employees – receive a two-year permit.
Swaziland has its full embassy in Kuala Lumpur which is also designated for neighboring countries including Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
Furthermore, HRH Princess Sikhanysio, the Principal Princess and member of Royal Advisory Board, Kingdom of Swaziland has specially appointed “Special Envoy” for Investment Promotion in Kingdom of Swaziland and his office located in Kuala Lumpur which offers FREE assistance for investors from Malaysia, Thailand, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Middle East.
You may either get assistance and business support from Swaziland High Commission in Kuala Lumpur or through office of Special Envoy for Investment Promotion, also located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Swaziland Special Envoy office provides FREE assistance for business setup in Swaziland.
Swaziland Special Envoy for Investment Promotion Office:
22AC, 4th Floor, Menara-B, Persiaran MPAJ, Pandan Indah, 55100-Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 42801178 Fax: +603 2726 8984
Swaziland High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:
22nd Floor, Menara Citibank, Suite 3 & 3a 165 Jalan Ampang
50450-Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
TEL: +603-21632511 FAX: +603-21633326