Work permit is mandatory for every foreign national seeking employment in Bangladesh. Three government authorities issue work permit in Bangladesh.
Here, we are going to tell you how to collect work permit from BIDA & BEPZA.
Private sector industrial enterprises, branch office, liaison/representative office desiring to employ foreign nationals are required to apply to BIDA in their prescribed from. While issuing work permit, BIDA usually follows the following guidelines:
The employer is required to publish a newspaper advertisement or online advertisement for the recruitment. This requirement is not always mandatory.
Local sponsor (Liaison/Branch Office or local company) will apply to BIDA through online for issuance of E/E1/PI visa recommendation in favor of the desired foreign national.
Currently, both BIDA & BEPZA are issuing three types of Visa: E, E1 & PI. Please see the following chart to see the VISA type for which you are applicable.
|Type of visa
|Who are eligible
|Arrival / travel purpose
in government/semi government/ autonomous/ project or farm of contractor of home and abroad.
|Foreigners engaged in Machinery and software
supplies / Installation / maintenance / supervision /
project Inspection and such things
|Machinery and software providing / Setting / Maintenance / training / Supervision / project inspection Etc.
|Foreign capital investor
|Conducting Investment / business /
(ref: BD Immigration & Passport office http://dip.portal.gov.bd/)
The following documents are usually required for this VISA application:
NB: All documents shall have to be attested by the Chairman/ CEO / Managing director/ Country Manager/ Chief executive of the Company/ firms.
Document’s must be submitted by an authorized person of the organization including the letter of authorization.
Application can be submitted on online (http://eservice.boi.gov.bd). For this purpose, authorize person must have to open an account on BIDA.
Once BIDA issue the visa recommendation, the foreign national should apply for the visa in the respective Bangladesh Embassy or High Commission. Once the E visa is issued, the foreign national should enter Bangladesh with the E visa.
Within 15 days from the date of arrival of the foreign national, application for work permit should be submitted to BIDA. The following papers/documents are required for new work permit:
All the Documents mentioned above can be submitted by the authorized person through online One stop service of BIDA. In that case, maximum PDF file size should be not more than 2 MB.
Tk. 5,000 for new wok permit fees shall be submitted by online payment gateway -Credit Card (VISA, Master Card), Mobile Banking (Bkash), Computer payment for Sonali Bank after approved the application.
Please keep in mind, work permit shall be extended always after each year. Renewal fee is Tk. 5,000 for extension of every year.
Once work permit is issued by BIDA, a copy of the work permit would then sent letter to Ministry of Home Affairs for security clearance by BIDA. After some scrutiny, security clearance will be issued.
Foreign national intends to work in Export Processing Zone (EPZ) require prior work permit from Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA). BEPZA issued this work permit upon the application from the employer who has a factory in the EPZ.
First, the employer is required to obtain a visa recommendation letter for the expatriate from BEPZA. The following documents are required to submit:
Once the expatriate arrived in Bangladesh, the employer is required to apply for work permit in the zonal offices of respective EPZ using the prescribed form (available at the zonal office of all EZP) with supporting documents. Applicable fees should also be paid. Supporting documents are:
*for getting VISA recommendation letter following documents should be submitted to the concerned zone of BEPZA:
1. Application of the enterprise through zone office along with appointment letter
2. Relevant pages of Passport,
3. Education and experience certificate as per paper advertisement and copy of the paper advertisement
The zonal office will verify the documents and send the same to Head Office of BEPZA for final approval.
Head office will issue the work permit and send the same to the respective zonal office.
Usually it takes 30-45 days to issue a work permit by BEPZA.