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Working Without Permit

The Malawi Government has noted with regret the illegal practice by some organizations that engages expatriates before approval of their Temporary Employment Permits (TEPs). Government is reminding all organizations that it is a criminal offence under the Immigration Act to work or be employed without a Temporary Employment Permit. Those found will be liable to prosecution

It should be noted that it is a requirement for TEP applications to be logged with the department of Immigration while the applicant is outside Malawi to take up employment once the application has been approved.

Renewal of TEPs

The Government would like to point out that in accordance with the employment of Expatriates Policy, a TEP except one for a key post may only be renewed twice and it is not automatic. With immediate effect therefore those Temporary Employment Permits that do not conform to these requirements will not be considered for further renewal
Localization Policy
It is a requirement that vacancies in Malawi should first be offered to qualified Malawians. Only in cases where there is demonstrated shortage of skills within Malawi can the position be offered to an expatriate. All applications should show that the post was advertised locally and that it was not possible to identify a suitably qualified person locally

TEP applications should include details of a qualified Malawian who will understudy the expatriate and will eventually take over the post. With immediate effect the department of immigration will only accept applications which meet these conditions.
Government Commitment

The Malawi Government would like to reiterate its commitment to supporting the employment of experts in areas of specific shortages.

In pursuing this Government will endeavour to maintain a right balance between the requirement for expertise not available in Malawi and the obligation to create employment for Malawians by among other things ensuring that suitable and qualified Malawians are not deprived of employment opportunities.


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