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Seychelles

If your company is sending employees to Seychelles—Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Seychelles, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible. 

The immigration laws of the Seychelles law provide many solutions to help employers of foreign nationals.  Requirements, processing times, employment eligibility, and benefits for accompanying family members vary by visa classification.

As the Seychelles does not issue visas, foreign nationals traveling to the Seychelles do not require a Business Visa.  A Visitor Permit (VP) is issued upon arrival and is initially valid for one month.  Visitor Permits can initially be extended for another two months and thereafter in three month increments, but must not exceed 12 months in total.  

A Work Permit does not need to be secured prior to entry into the Seychelles.  After initial entry on a Visitor Permit, foreign nationals may obtain a Gainful Occupation Permit which allows them to reside and work in the Seychelles.  Immigration authorities will determine the validity of the Gainful Occupation Permit but they are generally issued for the duration of the employment contract.  Gainful Occupation Permits may be renewed, and allow the foreign national to make multiple entries to and from the Seychelles.

Note that the Visitor Permit should not be used for ongoing work in the Seychelles. It should be used for such activities as attending meetings, participating in seminars or meeting clients. Should a foreign national travel to the Seychelles on repeat or frequent visits, particularly if there is any question of s/he undertaking work, the Visitor Permit may not be the appropriate permit. Seychelles immigration authorities will determine the need for work authorization on entry, based on the period of stay, the frequency of travel and the nature of the activities conducted.

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.

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