RESIDENCE PERMITS

 Applicants are institutions/companies/ employers registered in Tanzania except for retired person.

Applications for Residence Permits Class ‘B’ and ‘C’ should obtain their Residence Permit prior to coming into the country, except for Residence Permit Class “A”. Applicants should obtain relevant Registration Certificate or license from relevant professional boards as the case may be.

-All applicants of Residence Permits should first obtain Work Permit from the Ministry of Labour, except those coming for other purposes such as studies, Research, attending court case and retired persons.

Residence Permit Class A may be granted to a person other than a prohibited Immigrant who intends to enter or remain in Tanzania and engage in trade, Business, Profession, Agriculture, Animal husbandry, prospecting of Minerals or manufacture.

REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'A'

  (i) Application forms (T.I.F.1) in duplicate duly filled in;

  (ii) Security Bond (T.I.F.12);

  (iii) Covering letter;

  (iv) Curriculum Vitae (CV);

  (v) A copy of National Passport (with validity of not less than a year);

  (vi) Certified copies of Academic Certificates (if any);

  (vii) Evidence of capital of the company. This includes:-

        (a) Bank Statement(s);

        (b) Balance Sheet;

        (c) A list of the company's assets with their value;

        (d) Proof of ownership of assets/properties

             e.g. Motor Vehicle Registration Cards, Title Deed/Certificate of Right of occupancy etc.

        (e) Proof of importation of company goods (if any) etc.

(viii)  Evidence of the Premises of the company. This may include:-

        (a) Lease Agreement – (if it is a leased premise) or

        (b) Title deed (if it is a company's property)

(ix) Memorandum and Articles of Association (for a limited company)

(x) Certificate of Incorporation, Compliance or Registration of the Company/Business as the case may be.

NOTE:

Applicants for Residence Permits Class A are advised to consult the Business Registration and Licensing Authority on how to register a Company or Business in United Republic of Tanzania.

(xi) Extract from Register for business not incorporated as a Limited Company

(xii)  Business Licenses (These may include special licenses issued to some businesses, e.g. Industrial License, Mining License, Casino License, Tourist Agent's License) etc.

(xiii) Registration Certificates from relevant Regulatory Authorities (other Businesses require authorization from Specific Regulatory Authorities)

(xiv)  Value Added Tax (VAT) Certificate (for Businesses entitled to pay this type of tax)

(xv)  Tax Payer's Identity Number (T.I.N.) Certificate;

(xvi)  Business License Tax Clearance Certificate;

(xvii)  Certificate of Incentive (in case the Business or project has been registered with the Tanzania Investment Centre - T.I.C. or Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority - ZIPA for Zanzibar);

(xviii)  Share Certificate (where the applicant is a share holder in a registered company);

(xix)  Transfer of Share(s)/Stock Deed  (incase the applicant is a share holder by virtue of some shares being transferred to him );

(xx)  Board Resolution i.e. Extract of the Board Meeting resolving to appoint the applicant as a Director (where the applicant is not among the first Directors);

(xxi)  Return of Allotment of Shares (Form No. 55(a) from the Registrar of Companies incase the applicant has been allotted some shares and should include a Board resolution resolving to expand the capital of the company and allot a number of shares to the applicant;

(xxii)  Six Passport Size photographs.

Note: Application for Residence Permit Class ‘A' may be lodged at Immigration Department's Headquarters or The Tanzania Investment Centre-TIC or Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority-ZIPA for Zanzibar (incase the business or project has been registered with TIC and ZIPA respectively).

FEES FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'A'

After an application for Residence Permit Class A has been approved and the applicant notified on the approval of the same, he is required to pay fee as prescribed from time to time.see fee structure. The approval will cease to have effect after sixty days from the date of such notification pursuant to regulation 29 of the Immigration Regulations  

TYPES OF RESIDENCE PERMITS

Residence Permit Class 'A'

Residence Permit Class 'B'

Residence Permit Class 'C'

RESIDENCE PERMITS CLASS 'A'

Residence Permit Class A may be granted to a person who intends to reside in Tanzania and engage in trade, Business, Profession, Agriculture, Animal husbandry, prospecting of Minerals or manufacturing.

REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'A'

  • Application forms (T.I.F.1) in duplicate duly filled.
  • Valid Work Permit.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • A copy of valid Passport (with validity of not less six months).
  • Covering letter 
  • Certified copies of Academic Certificates (if any).
  • Evidence of capital of the company. This includes:-

-Bank Statement;

        -Balance Sheet;

        -A list of the company's assets with their value;

        -Proof of ownership of assets/properties

e.g. Motor Vehicle Registration Cards, Title Deed/Certificate of Right of occupancy.

        -Proof of importation of company goods (Bill of lading).

  • Evidence of the Premises of the company. This may include:-
  • Lease Agreement – (if it is a leased premise) or
  • Title deed (if it is a company's property)
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association (for a limited company)
  • Certificate of Incorporation, Compliance or Registration of the Company/Business as the case may be.
  • Extract from Registrar for business not incorporated as a Limited Company
  • Business Licenses (These may include special licenses issued to some businesses, e.g. Industrial License, Mining License, Casino License, Tourist Agent's License) etc.
  • Registration Certificates from relevant Regulatory Authorities (other Businesses require authorization from Specific Regulatory Authorities)
  • Value Added Tax (VAT) Certificate (for Businesses entitled to pay this type of tax)
  • Tax Payer's Identity Number (T.I.N.) Certificate;
  • Business License Tax Clearance Certificate;
  • Certificate of Incentive (in case the Business or project is registered with the Tanzania Investment Centre - T.I.C., Export Licence from Export Processing Zone, or Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority - ZIPA for Zanzibar);
  • Share Certificate (where the applicant is a share holder in a registered company);
  • Transfer of Share(s)/Stock Deed (in case the applicant is a share holder by virtue of some shares being transferred to him);
  • Board Resolution i.e. Extract of the Board Meeting resolving to appoint the applicant as a Director (where the applicant is not among the first Directors);
  • Return of Allotment of Shares (Form No. 55(a) from the Registrar of Companies in case the applicant has been allotted some shares and should include a Board resolution resolving to expand the capital of the company and allot a number of shares to the applicant;
  • Six Passport Size photographs.

Where to Lodge the Application

Application for Residence Permit Class ‘A' may be lodged at Immigration Services Department's Headquarters or Economic Processing Zone (EPZA), The Tanzania Investment Centre-TIC or at the Zanzibar Immigration Head Office or Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority-ZIPA.

 

RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'B'

Residence Permit class ‘B’ is issued to a foreigner who has obtained specified employment in Tanzania and has been issued with a Work Permit from the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

 REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'B'

  • Application forms (TIF 1) duly filled in duplicate.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) of the employee.
  • A  copy of valid National Passport not less than six months;
  •  A valid Work Permit;
  • Certified copies of Academic Certificates;
  • Service testimonial from previous employer or letter of no objection (if any);
  • Employment contract, duly signed by the employer or his representative and the employee;
  • Job description;
  • Official translation of documents/certificates in case they are written in a language other than English or Kiswahili;
  • Certificates of Registration, Clearance or License from relevant authorizing Institutions depending on the applicant’s profession;
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association;
  • Certificate of Incorporation or Compliance (as the case may be);
  • Business Licenses (these may include other Licenses, issued to some businesses, e.g.  Industrial License, Mining License, Casino License, Tourist Agent's License etc.
  • Value Added Tax (VAT) Certificate (for Businesses entitled to pay this type of tax);
  • Tax Payer's Identity Number (T.I.N.) Certificate;
  • Business License Tax Clearance Certificate;
  • Covering letter from the Employer;
  • Six Passport Size photographs;
  • Previous Residence Permit in case of renewal Residence permit;
  • Copy of Dependant’s Passport (if any);
  • Marriage Certificate for dependant wife;
  • Copy of birth Certificates for depend children.

Where/How to Lodge application

Application for Residence Permit Class ‘B' may be lodged at Immigration Services Department's Headquarters or Economic Processing Zone (EPZA), The Tanzania Investment Centre-TIC, Zanzibar Immigration Head Office or Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority-ZIPA.

RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS ‘C’

Residence Permit Class "C” may be issued to the following categories of persons:-

  1. Students;
  2. Researchers;
  3. Religious/Missionaries
  4. Volunteers;
  5. Persons attending cases in Courts of Law;
  6. Persons who have formerly been residents and are about to leave the country (i.e. winding up affairs) and;
  7. Persons attending medical treatment in hospitals.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Application forms (TIF 1) duly filled in duplicate;
  2. Valid Work Permit (for those required to to obtain it);
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  4. A valid copy of National Passport (with more than six months validity);
  5. Certified copies of Academic Certificates;
  6. Service testimonial from previous employer/institution (if any);
  7. Six Passport Size photographs.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

STUDENTS:

  1. Registration Certificate of the School/College;
  2. Joining Instructions Form and admission letter from the school or college;
  3. A letter from the Ministry Responsible for Education (for students attending internship or externship programmes);
  4. Proof of residence of the host in Tanzania (i.e. Residence Permit, Exemption Certificate for foreign residents or a copy of a passport for a Tanzanian Citizen);
  5. Covering letter from the College or School.

Special Preferential Treatment for EAC Nationals

Students from East African Community Partner States are not required to apply for Residence Permit Class ‘C’. Instead, they are issued with the Exemption Certificate, which is not paid for.

RESEARCHERS:

  • Research Permit;
  • Covering letter from the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTEC);
  • A letter from a relevant Ministry depending on the area of proposed research (for the case of Zanzibar).

RELIGIOUS MISSIONARIES

  • Ordination Certificate for Pastors and Priests,
  • Constitution of the religious Institution;
  • Registration Certificate of religious institution;
  • Letter of Appointment/Service Agreement from the Religious Institution;
  • Volunteer contract for Missionary Volunteer
  • Teaching licence for Missionary teachers;
  • Covering letter from the Religious Institution.

 VOLUNTEERS

  • Volunteer Contract;
  • Job description;
  • Evidence of activities of the host NGO (from relevant government Authority);
  • A copy of constitution of an organisation (NGO)

RETIRED PERSONS

  • Previous Residence Permit ( in case the applicant was a resident in Tanzania);
  • Release/retirement letter from the previous employer;
  • Evidence of income. This includes Bank statements and pension payment slips;
  • Evidence of residence in Tanzania i.e. Title deed, Lease or Tenancy Agreement etc;
  • Applicant's covering letter.

WINDING UP OF AFFAIRS

  • Previous Residence Permit;
  • Evidence of termination of employment contract;
  • Covering letter from the previous employer/applicant.

TREATMENT

  • Admission letter from the hospital;
  • Doctor's report;
  • Applicant/hospital's covering letter.

VALIDITY OF RESIDENCE PERMITS

Validity of Residence Permit ranges from four months to twenty four months depending on;

  • Employment contract;
  • Validity of licence issued by relevant professional Boards;
  • Validity of Work Permits;

 FEES FOR RESIDENCE PERMITS

RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'A'

Category

Sector

Eligibility

           Fees  in USD
non East African Community Member State East African Community Member State
A-1 Prospecting of minerals and mining Persons engage into prospecting of minerals or mining 3,000 1,500
A-2 Large scale investment-trade and business including agriculture and animal husbandry Persons intending to engage in into large scale investments trade and business including agriculture and animal husbandry 3,000 1,500
A-3 Prescribed profession and consultancy services Persons having professional/qualification s intend to practice such professional and consultancy. 3,000 1,500
A-4

Small scale trade, business, fishing farming

Person who have been residing in the country and engaged in small scale trade , business artisanship ,fishing, farming 1000 500
A-5 Diaspora Investors Prospective investors who nationality of  origin was Tanzania 1000 -

 

 

 

RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS 'B'

Category Sector Eligibility Fees in USD Fees for EAC member states
B-1 Specific employment by specific employer Persons who have been offered specific employment by specific employer and have the required qualifications and experience 2000 500
B-2 Specific employment by specific employer Professionals technician and Associate professionals from EAC partner states as prescribed in the schedule to the EAC Common Market Protocol. - 500

  RESIDENCE PERMIT CLASS  'C'

Category Sector eligibility Fees in USD EAC member states
C-1 Researchers Person who have been approved by competent authority to conduct research in the country 500 250
C-2 Retired person Retired person who have adequate income to sustain them and their dependents while in the country. 500 250
C-3 Approved religious activities Person who engage in religious activities approved by the Government 250 100
C-4 Winding up affairs Employee previously held residence permit class B requiring to wind up affairs after termination of contract 200 100
C-5 Volunteers Persons engage in non-remunerated activities on voluntary basis 200 100
C-6 Medical treatment Persons attending medical treatment at recognised hospitals or medical institutions 200 100
C-7 NGO,s  Persons employed or Volunteering in NGO,s 500 250
C-8 Parties and witness in courts and tribunals Persons attending court and tribunals as parties and witness in cases. 500 250

 

 

RE-ENTRY PASS

Holders of Residence Permits Class 'A', 'B' and 'C' are required to obtain Re-entry passes after their applications have been approved.

 

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