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Foreign Workers Information
Recognizing the constraints of the small workforce in the country, the Government of His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam practices a flexible policy to allow companies to recruit foreign workers to man their operations. Foreign workers, mainly from Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and South Asia, account for over a third of the total workforce in Brunei Darussalam.
Applications for a labour quota / license are normally submitted to the Labour Department which will require either a cash deposit or a banker's guarantee to cover the cost of a one-way airfare to the home country of a foreign worker. Upon approval of the labour quota, the Immigration Department will then issue the work permit to allow foreign workers permission to enter the country.
All private sector employers and Bruneian employees are required to contribute to a provident fund known as the Employees Trust Fund (Tabung Amanah Pekerja, or TAP) for their local employees (foreign employees are currently exempted). Employees contribute 5% of their wages and employers contribute another 5%. The employer also needs to pay the insurance and medical check-up for the employees.
Relations between employers and employees in Brunei Darussalam are generally good. There is no minimum wage legislation. As long as both parties ( employer and employee ) agree on the wage to be paid, it is sufficient. Labour disputes are very rare.
All persons entering Brunei Darussalam must possess national passports or other internationally recognized travel documents which are valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into Brunei Darussalam.
Malaysian, Singaporean, German and British nationals are exempted from visa requirement for visits not exceeding 30 days. US citizens are also exempted from visa requirement for visits not exceeding 3 months.
Visas are further waived for visits of 14 days for nationals of Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, France, Switzerland, Republic of Korea, Canada, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Sweden and Republic of Maldives.
Australian nationals are issued visas on arrival at Brunei International Airport for visits not exceeding 14 days. All other nationals entering Brunei Darussalam must have visas which are obtainable from any Brunei Darussalam diplomatic or consular office in the region.
Visitors who wish to enter Brunei Darussalam to take up employment must arrange with their employers to obtain employment permits prior to their arrival. Only foreign professionals, technical / managerial personnel with monthly income of more than B$1,500 and who satisfy certain criteria such as living in their own accommodation, can be considered for bringing in their spouses and / or family. Spouses and children under 18 years of age of pass holders are required to obtain dependant passes.
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