Share this article
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Uganda has launched two changes to visa processing: An electronic system has been introduced for the filing and processing of all types of visas, work permits and passes, and the government filing fee for single-entry visitor visas has been reduced from US$100 to $50 in order to promote tourism.
What does the change mean? Applicants seeking to travel, work or study should transfer to the e-immigration system. Work permit applications are no longer accepted manually, and companies sponsoring individuals for work permits must register their profile on the Ugandan e-immigration website before applying for work permits.
Background: The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control announced the changes this month.
The e-immigration system is now fully implemented for work permit applications, which are no longer accepted manually. However, if a work permit applicant has already filed manually, the applicant’s family members should submit their dependent pass applications manually also.
Applicants for visas-on-arrival should transition to the e-immigration system, which issues an electronic approval before travel. Currently, manual applications at ports of entry are still being accepted, but the immigration authorities plan to set a date when they will stop doing so and notify airlines to stop accepting passengers without an e-visa.
The government is in the process of equipping its embassies and consulates with the electronic system.
BAL Analysis: The move to an online immigration system should benefit employers and foreign nationals. BAL can assist employers in the profile registration and submission processes.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.
Copyright © 2016 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries please contact email@example.com.
H-1B denial rates in fiscal year 2023 increased slightly from FY 2022, according to a National Foundation for American Policy…
Canada has reimposed visa requirements for some Mexican nationals. Key Points: Under a change that took effect Thursday, Feb. 29,…
Featuring Emily M. Dickens, Chief of Staff and Head of Public Affairs, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Certain…
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is gearing up for H-1B cap season, with new organizational accounts launched today and the…