- Country Name: Arab Republic of Egypt
- Capital: Cairo
- Population: 90,605,000 (2016 estimate)
- Language: Arabic
- Time Zone: EET (UTC +2)
- Dialing Code: +20
- Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Egypt. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
The most common occupation for expats working in Egypt is teaching, both in private schools and English language schools while volunteers and NGO employees constitute another substantial section of the expat community. Other industries that attract foreign workers are oil & gas, media, as well as an emerging IT industry. As Egypt’s largest city, Cairo offers expats the most employment opportunities to foreigners.
The work permit is the standard corporate immigration process for high-level managers and highly skilled staff.
Note that Work permits are limited under a quota scheme, whereby no more than 10% of the total workforce may be made up of foreign nationals.
Processes and requirements will vary according to the labour market at the time of application, the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We, therefore, recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
The general process will include: applying for work approval from the Egyptian Labour authorities then applying for an entry visa at the Egyptian diplomatic post overseas. On arrival in Egypt, an HIV blood test will need to be completed and a temporary work permit applied for. Once the applicant has received the temporary work permit, they can proceed to apply for a temporary residence permit. An extensive security clearance process must then be undergone before the final work permit is issued. Then, a residence permit must be applied for.
Note that work permits are subject to a labour market test to show that no local residents are suitable for the position and work permits are granted on the understanding that the foreign national is training two named Egyptian national “assistants” to fill the same position and various company documents and declarations will be required to this end.
Note also that there are quotas for overseas workers and foreign nationals must not make up more than 10% of the total workforce.
Requirements will vary according to the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We, therefore, recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
Applicants will be required to submit a variety of personal documents to support the application which include, but are not limited to valid passport, job description, university degree, birth and marriage certificates of dependants , Certificate(s) of Experience, Medical Test(s);
as well as a variety of corporate documents which may include: list of foreign employees, company tax documents, company registration documents, and various declarations.
Many documents will also need to be legalised and/or translated prior to submission. Newland Chase can assist with this
It typically takes 1 to 3 months until entry to Egypt, and a further 2 to 4 months before the whole process is completed.
Note that in Egypt, the document gathering stage of the process is particularly onerous, particularly as several documents must be legalised and translated. Depending on the country that issued the documents, the process can be very time-consuming.
The work permit is granted for periods of up to 1 year. Renewal is possible up to a maximum duration of stay of five years.
It is strictly prohibited to carry out any work on a business visa or under the visa-waver agreement for non-EU nationals. Therefore, while there is nothing to stop you from looking for jobs, you would not be able to commence any form of employment until you have acquired a work permit, for which you must exit the country and apply at an Egyptian diplomatic post overseas.
No. Work permits are granted for a limited duration and on the understanding that the foreign national is training a named Egyptian national “assistant” to fill their position. If renewal is necessary, it must be justified why the training is on-going. Working in Egypt is not considered to be a route to residency.
Requirements and procedures are subject to change, so please consult with your Newland Chase Immigration Advisor for current and detailed information.
Some supporting documentation will require legalisation, which, depending on the country of origin, may take several weeks and the process both prior to entry and post-entry can be extremely lengthy.
As such, you would be advised to start the visa application process well in advance of the desired date of relocation.