Work Permit in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has always been well known for being such a friendly nation towards foreign visitors and residents. One of the reasons why foreign personals feel homely here in this land. Bangladesh has a very well structured system to make lives easy of those who seek work permit in Bangladesh. It is compulsory for every foreigner to apply and get the permit before confirming their job in here. We will discuss the steps of applying for work permit in Bangladesh.

Our constitution permitted 3 government authorized institutions who order the work permit issue in Bangladesh.
  1. Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA),
  2. Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA),
  3. NGO Affairs Bureau.

Work Permit in Bangladesh

These 3 institutes work for the specific 3 different type of candidates. And, it is important that we pick the right institution for the fast service. Let us take a look at these type buckets.

Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA)’s Procedure:

If you about to join the private sector of our industrial enterprises you need to apply to the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA). There still are more conditions you would need to check before filling up the applying form. I am trying to cover all the conditions here. Let’s take a look.

Conditions for The Expatriate:

One has to be from the list of countries that Bangladesh recognize to employment. The expatriate has to be at least 18 years old or over. S/he would require a security clearance from the ministry of home affairs of Bangladesh.

Conditions for The Company:

The subjected enterprise that an expatriate is applying for, should be registered by Bangladesh government. If any local candidates are available for the job, said the company cannot employ foreign personnel. Industrial companies cannot recruit more than 5% of foreign employees. And, the limit for commercial companies is 20%.

Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA)’s Procedure:

You would need to apply to the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) if you are planning to work in the export processing zone (EPZ). Companies that have their own factory in the EPZ can only recruit foreign employees. Expatriates can apply for BEPZA issued work permit upon their arrival in Bangladesh. Also, applicants are expected to submit a photocopy of his/her passport, Visa recommendation letter, with the appointment letter or the contract letter of the employment, with a copy of the recruitment advertisement post in any newspaper.

NGO Affairs Bureau’s Procedure:

If you are planning to join any Non-governmental organizations (NGO), in that case, you would need to apply to the NGO Affairs Bureau for your work permit in here. Your organization would help you regarding the whole procedure.

These are the three ways to get your work permit in Bangladesh. If you are looking for any professional help regarding your work permit and residential issues in Bangladesh, feel free to contact us. Also, if you are looking for any help regarding logistics management, we are here for you too. You can comment your feedbacks and queries in the comment section below if you have any queries regarding any of the issues we have discussed today. Thank you.