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Frequently Asked Questions About Application for a Permit

This service allows users to apply for a permit. The permit is applied when the applicant has already arrived in Rwanda. Permits allow investors, entrepreneurs, and international workers to operate in Rwanda. The application is received and processed by the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration (DGIE) office. 

The following are the most frequently asked questions about Application for a Permit: 

  1. How much do I pay for the permit application?

The price depends on the type of permit you want. Click here for more information. 

  1. Do I need an IremboGov account to apply for a permit?

Applicants with or without an Irembo account can apply for this service

  1. I am a foreigner who wants to start working in Rwanda. Do I apply for a permit when I am still abroad? 

First, you apply for the visa. Then you apply for the permit when you are physically in Rwanda. 

  1. I am a foreigner who wants to visit Rwanda. Do I apply for a permit?

No, you should apply for a visa. If you are unsure about what visa to apply for, please be advised to contact DGIE on or call +250 722 172 974 before applying.

  1. My permit has expired. Do I apply for a new permit?

No, you will apply for permit renewal. 

  1. What are the requirements needed to apply for a permit?

Applicants should have document-type details (passport or other documents), a valid phone number and email address. Click here for more information. 

  1. What is the size of attachments allowed to be uploaded on IremboGov?

The size of attachments allowed is:

  • A photo with white background (Format: JPG, Size: 500KB) 

  • Copy of passport (Format: PDF, Size: 500KB) 

  • Application letter and other certificates (Format: PDF, Size: 500KB)

  1. Do I need to pick up my permit from the collection office I chose during the application process? 

Yes, you will visit the DGIE office or the Immigration and Emigration offices of your residence that you input while applying. 

  1. What is the processing time of the permit application?

The processing time of permits is 7 days.

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