Tunisia Work Permits

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for anybody hoping to start working in Tunisia. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Tunisia work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer. The Tunisian work permit is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Tunisia 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. 

Tunisia Work Permits

What is a Tunisian Umbrella Company?

Umbrella companies in Tunisia “employ” contractors, but don’t make any decisions about your workload, clients or anything to do with your day to day operation. They simply process your payments by billing and collecting money from your clients, calculating your taxes and sending you a net wage. This is equivalent to the PAYE (pay as you earn) system employed by many companies, and it makes handling your tax in Tunisia a lot simpler. The fact that they technically become your employer helps you get your working visa in Tunisia with minimal fuss. 

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Tunisia Work Permit?

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Tunisia work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Tunisia 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 Tunisian immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Tunisian Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in Tunisia. It depends on your specific Tunisia visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Tunisia.

Can Umbrella Companies Also Assist You with Tunisia Taxation?

Some umbrella companies are specialists in the Tunisian tax system. They constantly stay up to date with the legislation and ensure that you get to keep the biggest proportion of your earnings possible. The PAYE system is ideal for most workers because you don’t have to complete any paperwork (aside from submitting your timesheets to the umbrella company) or worry about your taxes in any way (you’ll receive documentation for your records, though). You have a team of experts ensuring that you’re paid promptly and the various requirements for tax in Tunisia are met. 

How We Help You with Contracting in Tunisia

We work closely with numerous umbrella companies in Tunisia and we have a thorough knowledge of the different services they provide - especially regarding immigration to Tunisia. If you’re a business analyst, IT project manager, software developer, tester, telecommunications contractor or an oil and gas worker, we can help you get sponsorship for your work permit and keep more of your earnings by setting you up with an umbrella company. We’ll also answer any questions you have about Tunisian visas or the country’s tax law, and we’ll contact the experts directly to guarantee 100 percent accurate advice. This all comes at no charge whatsoever to you and you’re not obligated to take on the services of any company. We’re just here to make your move as stress-free as possible. 

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Question and Answers about Work Permits in Tunisia;

Q: Is it possible for a foreign national to be sponsored on a Work Permit in Tunisia?

A: Yes


Q: How long does it take to get a Tunisia Work Permit?

A: 4-6 weeks


Q: What is the visa process?

A: Company sponsoring the work permit needs to obtain – CV, 2 passport photos, copy of the candidates passport, police clearance certificate (nationality dependent), copies of degree/diplomas and the employment contract. Then they complete the work permit application and once approved in Tunisia it is sent to the candidate in their home country/country of origin to have ratified in the local Tunisian Consulate.


Q: What documentation is required from the candidate?

A: CV, 2 passport photos, copy of the candidates passport, police clearance certificate (nationality dependent), copies of degree/diplomas and the employment contract


Q: How much does it cost?

A: €1500 with our partners


Q: Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit in Tunisia 

A: Yes



Common Questions and Answers about Business Visas in Tunisia

Q: Can you organise business visas for Tunisia?

A: Yes


Q: How long does it take to process?

A: 5-10 days depending on the Tunisian Consulate in the candidates home country


Q: How much does a business visa in Tunisia cost? 

A: €300


Q: Can nationals of certain countries enter Tunisia without a Business Visa? For example on an entry visa or visa waiver? 

A: No

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