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Tanzania Immigration Landscape

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Legal Update: Tanzania’s Immigration Landscape

The Tanzanian Government offers a clear regulatory framework for foreigners wishing to move to Tanzania. Foreigners can move to Tanzania and Zanzibar through the Class A permit (self-employed foreign investor; Class B (expatriates working in private institutions) or Class C (researchers, retired persons, missionaries, volunteers, etc).

Applications for residence permits are made electronically where applicants are required to sign up and obtain login credentials to enable them to submit and track their applications. Below are a few questions and answers that explain the practicalities of the Residence Permits in Tanzania.

  1. When can one make an application for the Residence Permit? Generally, applications are made before entering the Country; however, subject to having a valid special pass, one can make an application while in the Country.
  2. What is a special pass? This is issued by the Immigration Department at a fee of 600 USD. It is a single-entry pass that allows an applicant to remain in the country while their application is processed. Note: It is not a work permit.
  3. Is the applicant required to submit Police Clearance? Yes. If in Tanzania, the Applicant will obtain the same from the Forensic Bureau, Dar es Salaam. If outside Tanzania, the applicant will be required to obtain certified fingerprints from the police station of their country of residence. Note: Other documents will be required, depending on the type of permit being processed.
  4. How long would it take to process the Residence Permit? Once all the paperwork has been done, fees paid and further the biometric has been registered, it usually takes one (1) to two (2) weeks.
  5. For other details on documentation required for each Class: Please visit the immigration department’s website: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/online/permit/guidelines. span>

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