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Application for Certificate of Exemption


This service is extended to non-citizens that need a certificate for exemption, a person may be exempted from holding a work permit by the Minister by publishing in the Government Gazette for public information.

Who is eligible?
  • Non-Citizens who fall under the category of exempted positions
  • Investors who hold Permanent Residence
  • Investors of worth supported by Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC)
What supporting documents are required?

For exempted positions?

  • Copy of job advert not older than six (6) months old
  • Contract of employment
  • Application letter for work (signed)
  • Letter of offer or appointment letter
  • Applicants’ Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Certified copies of educational certificates. Please note that all certificates in foreign languages must be translated to English and be confirmed by Botswana Qualification Authority
  • Certified copy of a valid passport – biographic data page (picture, passport number, date of birth, birth place, expiry, etc.)
  • Two (2) x Passport-size photos (with a white background)
  • Clearance from relevant professional regulatory bodies
  • Letter from the patient’s doctor (Nurse Aid/Care taker)
  • Supporting letter from relevant Ministries for government projects
  • CV for understudies

Permanent Residence holders

Copy of Permanent Residence certificate

Investors supported by BITC?

  • See requirements for investors
  • Supporting letter from BITC
How long will this service take?

Seven (7) working days

How much does it cost?

BWP 1,500.00

Where can I get more information on this Service

District Contact Numbers
Department of Labour and Social Security
Head office, Gaborone
Tel. (+267) 37372772 / 373 2700/2600

Gaborone Regional Labour Office I
Tel. (+267) 3971406

Gaborone Regional Labour Office II
Tel. (+267) 3956019
Francistown Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 2416933
Selibe Phikwe Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 2611598
Lobatse Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 5332569
Maun Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 68622705/2418
Serowe Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 4632579
Kasane Regional Labour Office
Tel. (+267) 6250216

Opening hours: 7:30 am to 12:45 and 13:45 to 16:30, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

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