PRESS RELEASE: Suspension Of Issuance Of Work Permits

EIZ PRESS RELEASE ON THE ISSUANCE OF WORK PERMITS FOR FOREIGN ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS COMING TO WORK IN ZAMBIA

The Engineering Institution of Zambia is a professional statutory regulatory body mandated by the EIZ Act No. 17 of 2010 to promote and regulate the practice of engineering and allied disciplines in Zambia.
EIZ being an engineering professional body is a critical stakeholder towards the process of issuance of work permits to foreign Engineering professionals (expatriates).
EIZ is now enforcing the requirement under the Zambianisation Policy which requires that a foreign engineering professional should transfer the skill to the local Zambians during their tenure in Zambia.
The institution will only issue a practicing licence only when it is proved and confirmed that the skill being offered is a rare skill in the country.
It is also a requirement that not less than two local Zambians should be ATTACHED or UNDERSTUDIES the expatriate during the tenure of his work permit.
EIZ in partnership with the Immigration department will ensure that before the renewal of the work permit the understudies have been adequately trained to take over from the expatriate in line with the terms of reference of the Zambianisation Policy.
It is now a requirement for all expatriate intending to work in the country to get clearance and a practicing licence from the Engineering Institution of Zambia before obtaining a work permit from the Immigration department.
Companies are urged to come up with a succession plan stating clearly the names of the understudies that will be attached to the expatriate during that period in line with the Zambianisation Policy.
In cases were a permit needs to be extended, an examination will be carried out to prove the competence of the understudies before the permit can be renewed.
Prior authorization must be sought from line professional bodies before importing skills into Zambia for appropriate guidance depending on the skills available and the nature of work.
We urge all companies, stakeholders, expatriates and members of the public to comply and not risk been prosecuted for non-compliance.

Eng. Newton Zulu
EIZ Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

ISSUED BY THE EIZ COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT.

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