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Ethiopia - Applying for a Temporary Residence / Movement Permit

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  • First,the applicant would have to apply for a job in Ethiopia that only you can fulfill. This means that you would have to bring a unique skill set to the business. For instance, if you are accepted as a receptionist, you must have skills that an Ethiopian candidate cannot offer or your application for a work permit will be rejected outright.
  • Then the employer will issue a letter of invitation,.
  • The applicant is required to get the work permit.
  • Once you have the work permit, you can apply for the residency card.
  • A registered foreigner, upon volunteering the required information will pay a fee and will be issued with a temporary residence permit.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • An application letter requesting the permit,
  • The appropriate and valid travel documents
  • Business Visa
  • Health certificate
  • Work permit

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia
P.O. Box 393,
Addis Ababa
Tel: +251-11-551-7345
Website :

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  • Any foreigner who is residing in Ethiopia.
  • Any foreigner Who enters Ethiopia with an immigrant visa with in thirty days of his arrival
  • Any foreigner who enters Ethiopia with a business or student visa and intends to stay for more than ninety days with in thirty days from the date of his arrival
  • Any foreigner who is allowed to stay with out a visa and who intends to stay for more than ninety days, with in 30 days of his arrival.
  • Diplomats and international civil servants their families, refugees recognized by the government of Ethiopia and the UNHCR and foreigners exempted from registration and residence permit in accordance with other laws or treaties to which Ethiopia is a party are not required and register.


The amount paid to earn a temporary permit is 400 Ethiopia birr for non students and 200 Ethiopia birr for students..


This permit shall only be valid for a period not exceeding one year from the date of issuance

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

7 to 20 working days

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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  • Any visitor intending to take up work or residence in Ethiopia must have a resident permit from the Department of Immigration in the Ministry of the Interior.
  • Travelers must apply for this permit within the first 30 days of their stay in Ethiopia and must not work until this permit is approved.
  • The Ethiopian Investment Agency is delegated by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs to issue work permits for persons to be employed by a private investor.
  • Foreigners are obliged to present residence permit and identity card or travel documents whenever required by authorities

Required Information[edit]

  • Name
  • Date of Birth.
  • City or County of Birth.
  • Citizenship
  • Address
  • Contacts
  • Reason for residing

Need for the Document[edit]

A temporary residence permit will be issued to any foreigner who has been registered lawfully and who is not entitled to a permanent residence permit. For any foreigner to acquire a residence permit, must first be registered at the Security Immigration and Refugee Affairs Authority. During registration, the applicant is required to provide a valid travel document, reason for residing and other information and documents as may be required.

Information which might help[edit]

  • Business travelers or employees of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who intend to stay for 90 days or more must apply for a residence card/work permit in order to continue working and living in Ethiopia.
  • Travelers must apply for this permit within the first 30 days of their stay in Ethiopia and must not work until this permit is approved.
  • Travelers should check with their sponsoring organization to ensure they have the correct documentation in place, or risk penalties, including detention, fines, and deportation.
  • The Government of Ethiopias regulations also allow for similar penalties for those who assist others to reside illegally in Ethiopia.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

It can be used to obtain a drivers licence

External Links[edit]


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