Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor hoping to start working in Nepal. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Nepalese work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer.
The Nepalese work visa, known more commonly as the Nepal Non-Tourist Visa, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Nepal is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue.
As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Non-Tourist Visa provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Nepal infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Nepalese immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Nepalese Embassy directly.
Through their service you may be able to use a tourist visa to get settled into the country and then transition to a work visa when you commence work in Nepal. It depends on your specific visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Nepal.