What is the change? The Immigration Department in Tanzania is in the midst of a work permit verification effort.

What does the change mean? Foreign nationals who hold work and residence permits, dependent passes or exemption certifications must update their residential information at a local Tanzanian Immigration Department Office by Friday.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate. Foreign nationals must update residential information on or before Friday, Nov. 30 to comply with the directive.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work and residence permits, dependent passes, exemption certifications.
  • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals working in Tanzania.
  • Business impact: Businesses should ensure that foreign workers are aware of the drive and are encouraged to have employees complete work permit verification processes by Friday.

Background: Tanzania launched the program in an ongoing effort to ensure that the country’s immigration programs are not abused. Work and residence permit holders are required to report, submit or update their residential addresses at the nearest Immigration Department Office on or before Friday. The required forms for updating residential address information may be found on the Immigration Department’s website here. The work permit verification process is part of a series of measures Tanzania is taking to tighten its immigration programs.

Analysis & Comments: Work permit holders, as well as those who hold dependent passes or exemption certifications, are encouraged to complete verification processes at a local Tanzanian Immigration Department Office as soon as possible. Businesses and foreign nationals who fail to comply with the registration requirements on or before Friday, Nov. 30 risk financial and legal penalties.

Source: Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675 and its registered office at 1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ, United Kingdom.