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Work Visa


The Work Permit (or Work Visa) allows the holder to enter Timor-Leste to work temporarily, paid or unpaid, as an employee, independent worker or professional.


The applicant must

  • Demonstrate the purpose of work, by producing the necessary documents and statements, namely : Employment offer, or
    • Interests in a company, or
    • Professional competence for performing an independent profession, or
    • Any other document related to the intended activity.
  • Demonstrate means of subsistence.
  • Demonstrate accommodation arrangements.
  • Demonstrate that (s)he does not have a criminal or police record.
  • Demonstrate that (s)he is physically and psychologically fit.
  • Hold a return ticket, or show ability to fund own departure.


The visa may be granted for,

  • Single or multiple entries, and
  • Stay of up to one year.

The visa allows the holder to carry out only the professional activity which he or she claimed for the granting of the visa.


US$ 50

Application Form

Place of Application

Please note – The Work Visa cannot be applied for or granted on arrival at a border post.

  • Visa application should usually be submitted to a diplomatic mission or consular office in the country of usual residence. (See : details of Embassies and Consulates Abroad).
  • If the applicant resides in a country where there is no Timor-Leste Embassy or Consulate, the visa application should be submitted directly to the Department of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dili, Timor-Leste. (See : Department of Consular Affairs Contact details)
After arrival

Place of Grant

Work visas may only be granted by Officers of the Department of Consular Affairs either in Dili or at Timor Leste missions abroad.

Important Notice :

At the moment the Department of Consular Affairs in Dili and Timor-Leste Embassies/Consulates can only give a visa authorizations letter. The visa will be stamped in your passport by Immigration Service staff on arrival on presentation of the letter.