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Expat Permit Process for ICT Industry

The Expat Permit Process for ICT Industry is part of the Local Business Development (LBD) initiatives to ensure local content in ICT Sector.


Maximise local employment opportunities in ICT Sector.

Ensure companies are in compliance to LBD Policy Framework for ICT Industry.

The Expat Permit Process was previously handled by the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) and has been transferred to AITI as of 1  January 2020.

It is recommended to submit at least one month before the arrival of the expat(s) or expiry of permit (for renewals).

Application can be submitted to AITI during office hours or via email at


Types of Expat Permit Applications

Professional Visit Visa (PVV)

Only for visiting purposes and does not involve hands on work e.g. consultants, trainers, workshop, seminar, forum, expo etc.
Short term: Maximum 3 months
Approval time: 3 working days (upon submission of completed documents)

Special Authorisation Work Pass (SAWP)


Involves service of contract and technical work
Medium term: Maximum 12 months
Approval time: 3 working days (upon submission of completed documents)

Foreign Worker License (LPA)


As of August 2021, all LPA applications shall be processed by JobCentre Brunei (JCB). Kindly submit your application to

For hiring foreign workers as permanent employees of the company
Long term: Maximum 12 months
pproval time: 5 working days (upon submission of completed documents)

Criteria for Expat Permit Process Applications






Maximum duration of visit/pass

​Three (3) months Twelve (12) months
2 Information updates in Business Reporting (BR) Required Required
3 Brief description of business Required Required

​Job description, roles and responsibilities of the Expat

Required Required
5 Projects the Expat will be involved in


Note: Only for non-technical work & no hands-on activities (e.g. consultants, speakers, meetings)


​Other information required



Other required documents


​Support letter from Client (using company letterhead)


Expat Permit Application Downloadables

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