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  • A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a non-profit, voluntary citizens group that is organized on a local, national or international level.
  • NGOs are not eligible to receive work permit service if there file is not fully compliant.
  • Volunteers require a work permit. However, they are required to provide proof of how they will sustain themselves in Uganda without income.
  • All positions should be advertised for in the at least one National circulation Newspaper in Uganda prior to the recruitment process.

Apply In-Person

  • To apply for work permit, the applicant has to first contact the Non-Governmental Organizations Bureau Board offices for recommendation to the Directorate of Citizen and Immigration control for issuance of work permit.
  • Foreigners wishing to work with NGO should address their formal application to the Executive Director of Citizenship and immigration control for work permit.
  • This endorsement is done by filling in a filled Work permit Endorsement Form available at the Directorate of Citizenship and immigration control offices. This form can also be downloaded from the NGO’s Board Website and filled beforehand.
  • The filled application form should be submitted with all the required documents. This include:
  1. A duly filled Application for Issuance/ Or Renewal Of Permit - from immigration Department
  2. Report on Employment from immigration Department.
  3. Letter of Appointment & Contract from the employer
  4. All relevant copies of applicants’ certificates and detailed Curriculum Vitae of the applicant
  5. Certified copy of the applicant’s Passport
  6. One (1) passport size photo(in white or grey background)
  7. Copy of the advertisement done in at least one National Circulation Daily Newspaper in Uganda of the required position
  8. Interview questions, long and short list of applicants entailing (name, age, nationality, sex, contacts and qualifications)
  9. Understudy must be identified to take up the position upon expiry of the work permit
  10. Provide a list of all employees in the organization entailing their names, nationality, job titles, email address and mobile contacts.
  11. Where any document is made in a language other than English a copy of the translation into English language must be attached.
  12. Criminal clearances certificate an equivalent of a certificate of good conduct in Uganda from the applicant’s Country of origin for first time applications and has to be certified by any registered local lawyer and criminal clearance certificate from CID Uganda for all renewals.
  13. Copy of previous permit for renewals of permits.
  • You should then proceed to pay the processing fees and submit the receipt to the Directorate of Citizenship and immigration control offices.
  • On Completion of this process, will receive feedback from the Directorate of Citizenship and immigration control within 30 days

Required Documents[edit]

  1. Covering letter addressed to the Executive Director National Bureau for NGOs;
  2. List of foreign and local staff working with the NGO, job title and duration of their contract ;
  3. Evidence of failed recruitment of Uganda succession plan or rationale for foreign employees;
  4. Registered constitution or memorandum and articles of association, organization chart;
  5. Certificate of incorporation valid permit to operate as an NGO from the NGO Bureau;
  6. Appointment/ invitation letter;
  7. Photocopy of contract/ agreement;
  8. Certificate of good conduct ie when is a new applicant;
  9. Curriculum Vitae( CV/Resume);
  10. Photocopy of certified copies of academic documents;
  11. Photocopy of passport bio data page;
  12. Photocopy of immigration status.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Uganda Registration Services Bureau - Head Office,
Uganda Business Facilitation Centre
Plot 1 Baskerville Avenue,
Toll Free: 0800 100 006
Call Center: +256 417 338 100
Phone: +256 414 233 219 / 0417338000
Fax: +256 414 250 712
Email: [email protected] (General Correspondences)
Email: [email protected] (For Enquiries)
Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration control - Head Office,
Ministry of Interior
Plot 75, Jinja Road P. O. Box 7165 / 7191, Kampala - Uganda
Telephone contact: + 256 414 595 945
Fax: +256 414 348 707
Email: [email protected]
Website: Link


Non-citizen employees in Non-Governmental Organizations are eligible to make the application.


  • Class G (Expatriate Employment)(6 Months) -US$ 800 + US$ 1,000
  • Class G (Expatriate Employment) (12 Months)-US$ 1500 +US$ 2,500
  • Class G (Expatriate Employment) (24 Months)-US$ 1500 +US$3,500


The validity of the work endorsement is one year.

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Processing Time[edit]

It takes 30 days for the application to be completed.

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  • Write a letter of request to the executive director of the board
  • Fill in all application documents and submit the required documents to the NGO Board offices
  • Pay applicable fees and send proof of payment together with the application.
  • Wait for approval and collect the work permit after 30 days.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name of organization.
  • Physical and Postal address of organization.
  • Telephone number and E-mail address of organization.
  • Name of employee
  • Job title
  • Residential address
  • Passport ( Number , Place of issue , Date of issue , Date of expiry )
  • Personal particulars of the person for whom permit is required
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Employee's qualifications
  • Qualification of employee
  • Application Type
  • Reasons for Seeking an Expatriate
  • Advertisement details of the position.
  • Particulars of the Ugandan Citizen Understudy.
  • List of expatriates currently working in the organization.
  • List of Uganda holding key positions in the organization.

Need for the Document[edit]

  • This application allows a Non-Governmental Organization which wishes to hire foreign personnel who do not yet hold a work permit, to get endorsement for a work permit for the personnel by the Non – Governmental Organisation Board.

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