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What is the immigration news? Labor authorities in Equatorial Guinea are conducting a nationwide work permit audit that nullifies all existing work permits and requires companies to file for new work permits for all foreign employees. Companies employing foreign workers must submit new work permit applications to the Ministry of Labor by Dec. 14. Additionally, new procedures are in place that require companies to pay all government filing fees directly to the State Treasury.
Background: The Ministry of Labor is conducting the work permit exercise to ensure that all foreign workers have proper documentation and because of concerns about fraudulent work permits. The new procedure requiring direct payment of government fees is intended to prevent corruption.
BAL Analysis: Companies in Equatorial Guinea should plan to submit new work permit applications for all existing foreign employees as soon as possible, even if the work permit is not due to expire before the deadline. Employers should also factor in the additional steps of paying government fees at a bank and obtaining a stamp from the State Treasury, which will take one or two business days. Foreign employees without a new work permit after Dec. 14 will be subject to fines and/or termination.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider Centurion Law Group in Equatorial Guinea. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.
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