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Permits

The Permit Section is responsible for the processing and issuance of all permits. There are currently eleven (11) types of entry permits and nine (9) entry permit exemption status.

The section has a staff of seven officers, and six support staff and is based at the ground floor of the new Immigration office at 969 Rodwell Rd, Suva (old Customs office)

Work Permit Committee

Work permit applications are required to be considered by a work permit committee (WPC). This committee meets on a weekly basis and deliberates on work permit cases put to it by the secretariat who are made up of permit processing officers.

The WPC consists of the Director of Immigration (Chair) and representatives of the Ministry of Labour, the Fiji Police Force (Special Branch) the Prime Ministers Office, Ministry of Justice and the Chief Immigration Officer (Permits).

1. Work Permit for Non-Citizen Skilled Contracted Workers [Commonly known as “Time Post”]

2. Extension of Work Permit for a Non-Citizen Skilled Contracted Worker

3. Short Term Work Permit

4. Investor Permit for Non-Citizen Investors

5. Extension of Foreign Investors Permit

6. Seven (7) Years Investor Permit

7. Extension of Seven (7) Years Investor Permit

8. Authority to Work or Study while on a Visitors Permit

9. Residence Permit on Assured Income

10. Co-Extensive Permit

11. Special Purpose Permits on Medical Grounds

12. Special Purpose Permit to Reside with a Family Member

13. Special Purpose Permit for Yacht Owners and Crew

14. Student Permit

15. Internship/Training Attachment Permit

16. Research Permit

17. Exemption Status for a Child of a Fiji Citizen

18. Exemption Status for Members of Her Majesty’s Forces

19. Exemption Status for Diplomatic or Consular Personnel

20. Exemption Status for Official Staff of Diplomatic/Consular Personnel

21. Exemption Status for Non-Citizen Civil Servants

22. Exemption Status for Families of Exempted Persons

23. Exemption Status for Spouse of a Fiji Citizen.

24. Permanent Residence Permit

25. Extension of Permanent Residence Permit

26. Bond

27. Visa

 

1.0 Work Permit for Non-Citizen Skilled Contracted Workers [Commonly known as “Time Post”] top

1.1 Definition

(a) Work Permit for a “non-citizen skilled contracted worker” means a Permit granted to a non-citizen to be employed by a locally established business, organization or institution. Authority is under Section 9(2)(c) of the Immigration Act, 2003.

1.2 Requirements

(a) A properly filled in application in the official form provided by the Immigration Department.

(b) A letter of request from the employer and a company profile.

(c) Certified copies of the applicant’s passport/s (bio-data page).

(d) Where applicable, a clipping of the advertisement in the local newspaper.

(e) A complete list of locals short listed for the job, their qualifications, and reasons as to why they were not considered suitable for the job.

(f) Where applicable, the name of a local (Fiji citizen) understudy and the relevant training program/plan is to be also submitted.

(g) Police reports for the applicant from the country of citizenship and/or residence where he/she has lived for twelve (12) months or more in the last ten (10) years.

(h) Medical report conducted within three (3) months or less from the date of application.

(i) Contract of Employment.

(j) The requisite fee.


2.0 Extension of Work Permit for a Non-Citizen Skilled Contracted Worker top

Requirements

A letter of request from the employer as per the instructions contained in the initial issuance letter.

A new Employment Contract.

A complete list of locals that were short listed for the job, their qualifications, and reasons as to why they were not considered suitable for the job.

Local Police Report in respect of the applicant.

The requisite fee.


3.0 Short Term Work Permit top

3.1 Definition

(a) A Short Term Work Permit is granted to a person whose expertise is urgently needed in the country to work in Fiji for a period of six (6) months or less. Authority is under Section 9(2)(c) of the Immigration Act, 2003.

3.2 Requirements

(a) Letter of request from the local employer detailing the need for the position applied for.

(b) Certified copies of the applicant’s passport (bio-data page).

(c) Police reports for the applicant from the country of citizenship and/or residence where he or she lived for twelve (12) months or more in the last ten (10) years. In the absence of a police report non-citizens are to show proof that necessary arrangements have been made with relevant police authorities for the production of a police report.

(d) Flight itinerary/Copy of airline ticket.

(e) The requisite fee.


4.0 Investor Permit for Non-Citizen Investors top

4.1 Definition

(a) Investor Permit is granted to non-citizen investors to be engaged in a business project approved by the Fiji Islands Trade and Investment Bureau (FTIB). FTIB approval is via the issuance of a Foreign Investment Certificate (FIC). Authority is under Section 9(2)(c) of the Immigration Act, 2003.

4.2 Requirements

(a) A Fiji Trade and Investment Bureau’s investment approval letter clearly stating the shareholding structure.

(b) A certified copy of Foreign Investment Certificate issued by FTIB.

(c) A properly filled in application in the official form provided by the Immigration Department.

(d) Certified copies of the applicant’s passport/s (bio-data page).

(e) Police reports in respect of the applicant from the country of citizenship and/or residence where he/she lived for twelve (12) months or more in the last ten (10) years.

(f) Medical reports conducted within three (3) months or less from the date of application.

(g) The requisite fee.


5.0 Extension of Foreign Investors Permit top

5.1 Requirements

(a) Letter of request for extension preferably on organizations/company letterhead.

(b) A progress report on the business submitted by FTIB.

(c) Local Police Report for the applicant.

(d) The requisite fee.

 

6.0 Seven (7) Years Investor Permit top

6.1 Definition

(a) A Seven (7) Years Investor Permit is issued to foreign investors who are able to show proof that a minimum of F$250,000.00 have been remitted from offshore and injected into the local economy as part of ones investment portfolio under the ambits of Section 39 of the Immigration Regulation, 2007.

6.2 Requirements

(a) A Fiji Trade and Investment Bureau’s investment approval letter.

(b) A certified copy of Foreign Investment Certificate issued by FTIB.

(c) A properly filled in application in the official form provided by the Immigration Department.

(d) Certified copies of the applicant’s passport/s (bio-data page).

(e) Police reports in respect of the applicant from the country of citizenship and/or residence where he/she lived for twelve (12) months or more in the last ten (10) years.

(f) Medical reports conducted within three (3) months or less from the date of application.

(g) The requisite fee.

7.0 Extension of Seven (7) Years Investor Permit top

7.1 Requirements

(a) Letter of request for extension preferably on organizations/company letterhead.

(b) A progress report on the business submitted by FTIB.

(c) Local Police Report for the applicant.

(d) The requisite fee.

 

8.0 Authority to Work or Study while on a Visitors Permit top

8.1 Definition

(a) This authority allows non-citizens to be engaged in business or investment, study, research, religious activities or do consultancy works, whilst on a visitors permit for a maximum period of twelve (12) weeks from the date of arrival.

(b) Section 9(3)(a) of the Immigration Act, 2003 is the enabling provision for the first fourteen (14) days and Section 9(7) authorizes an extension beyond the fourteen (14) days.

8.2 Requirements

 (a) For workers - a letter of request and undertaking from the employer/organization concerned.

(b) For students - a letter of acceptance and undertaking from the Institution the applicant will be attending.

(c) For entertainers - proof of tax registration from FIRCA and approval from the relevant authorities for the conduct of the show.

(d) Certified copies of the return airline ticket.

(e) Certified copies of the applicant’s passport/s (bio-data page).

(f) Evidence of sufficient funds for ones upkeep whilst in the country.

(g) If approval is granted, the applicant’s passport.

(h) The requisite fee.

 

9.0 Residence Permit on Assured Income top

9.1 Definition

(a) A Residence Permit on assured income under Section 48 of the Immigration Regulations, 2007 may be issued to a person who has assets outside the Fiji Islands at his/her disposal of an amount sufficient to ensure that he/she will not become a charge on public funds whilst residing in Fiji. Authority is under Section 9 (2) (b) of the Immigration Act 2003

9.2 Requirements

(a) A properly filled in application in the official form provided by the Immigration Department.

(b) Police reports in respect of the applicant from the country of citizenship and/or residence where he or she lived for twelve (12) months or more in the last ten (10) years.

(c) Medical report conducted within three (3) months or less from the date of application.

(d) Certified copies of the applicant’s passport/s (bio-data page).

(e) Evidence of funds as assured income, and a current valuation of other assets.

(f) The requisite fee.

 

10.0 Co-Extensive Permit top

10.1 Definitions

(a) Co-extensive Permit means a permit granted under Section 9(2)(b) of the Immigration Act, 2003 that allows dependents of permit holders to enter and reside with the principal applicant in the country.

(b) “Dependent” in this context refers to conventional nuclear family that consists of husband and wife or father, mother and children.

10.2 Requirements

(a) A properly filled in application in the official form provided by the Immigration Department.

(b) Certified copies of passport/s (bio-data page) in respect of the dependents.

(c) Certified copies of marriage certificates and children’s birth certificates (if applicable).

(d) A support letter from the principal applicant to confirm relationship and financial support.

(e) Police reports in respect of dependents over the age of 18, from their countries of citizenship and/or residence where they have lived for twelve (12) months or more in the last ten (10) years.

(f) Medical reports conducted within three (3) months or less from the date of application.

(g) The requisite fee. [F$185 if application is lodged with the principal applicant, F$650.00 if lodged separately]


11.0 Special Purpose Permits on Medical Grounds top

11.1 Definition

(a) A Special Permit issued on “medical” grounds means a permit granted to a person under the recommendation of a certified medical practitioner/s, to reside in Fiji and undergo medical treatment in a local medical hospital for more than the allowable visitors permit period of six (6) months. Authority is under Section 45 of the Immigration Regulation, 2007.

11.2 Requirements

(a) A properly filled in application in the official form provided by the Immigration Department.

(b) Medical advice from a certified medical practitioner.

(c) Proof of financial support for duration of stay.

(d) The requisite fee.

 

12.0 Special Purpose Permit to Reside with a Family Membertop

12.1 Definition

(a) Special Purpose Permit granted under this category means a permit granted to a person that needs to enter and reside with his/her family member that is legally in Fiji in view of their dependence on each other.

12.2 Requirements

(a) A properly filled in application in the official form provided by the Immigration Department.

(b) Police reports in respect of the applicant from countries of citizenship and/or residence where the applicant lived for twelve (12) months or more in the last ten (10) years.

(c) Birth certificates and marriage certificates as applicable.

(d) A listing of all family members (siblings) showing their name, age, profession/occupation, whereabouts and contacts.

(e) Proof of financial standings of the residing family member e.g Bank statements, salary/wage slips, financial liabilities and assets.
(f) The documentary proof of the purchase and value of property if the sponsor has purchased a property or place of dwelling.

(g) Medical reports conducted within three (3) months or less from the date of application.

(h) The requisite fee.

 

13.0 Special Purpose Permit for Yacht Owners and Crew top

13.1 Definition

(a) A special purpose permit granted under this category means a permit granted to non-citizen Yacht owners and or crew to reside onboard their yacht whilst in Fiji for a duration not exceeding six (6) months beyond the initial six month issued under the visitors permit category.

13.2 Requirements

(a) A letter from the non citizen yacht owner and or crew requesting the issuing of the special purpose permit.

(b) A copy of the Authority issued by the Ministry of Finance.

(c) A copy of the Immigration Entry Clearance.

(d) A copy of the approved cruising permit issued by Fijian Affairs.

(e) The requisite fee.


14.0 Student Permit top

14.1 Definition

(a) Student Permit means a permit granted under Section 9(2)(d) of the Immigration Act, 2003 authorizing a person to study at local Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Vocational Institutions or Universities.

14.2 Requirements

(a)A properly filled in application in the official form provided by the Immigration Department.

(b) A police report for applicant over the age of 18 years from the country of citizenship/residence.

(c) Acceptance letter from the institution/s or school/s.

(d) For financially sponsored students - a sponsorship letter from the organization or individual sponsor.

(e) For self funding students - proof of financial support for duration of stay.

(f) A consent letter from the parent of primary and secondary school students.

(g) Letter of undertaking from the local guardian and or local sponsor.

(i) Proof of financial standings of the local sponsor.

(h) The requisite fee.

 

15.0 Internship/Training Attachment Permit top

15.1 Definition

(a) Internship or Training Attachment Permit is granted to a person to undertake internship or training attachment at a locally approved reputable institution or organization as part of their educational or professional training. Authority is under Section 9(2)(d) of the Immigration Act, 2003.

15.2 Requirements

(a) For permits less than six (6) months:

  • Letter of approval by the institution accepting the internship or training attachment.

 

  • Sponsorship letter, either locally or overseas from the person or organization financially sponsoring the person whilst undertaking the internship/training attachment.
  • Certified copies of the applicant’s passport/s (bio-data page).

 

  • Certified copies of return airline tickets.

(v) Medical reports conducted within three (3) months or less from the date of application.

(b) For permits six (6) months or more:

(i) All the requirements in (a).

(ii) A properly filled application in the official form provided by the Immigration Department.

  • Police report for the applicant from the country of citizenship and/or residence where he/she lived for twelve (12) months or more in the last ten (10) years.

 

(iv) Certified copies of a return airline ticket valid for twelve (12) months. The validity of the ticket should be beyond the validity of the permit.

(v) The requisite fee.

 

16.0 Research Permit top

16.1 Definition

(a) Research Permit is granted to a person to undertake research for the benefit of local universities/institutions or as a part of his/her professional or educational requirement. Authority is under Section 9(2)(e) of the Immigration Act, 2003.

16.2 Requirements

(a) A properly filled application in the official form provided by Immigration.

(b) Certified copies of the applicant’s passport/s (bio-data page).

(c) Letter of consent and endorsement from the local institution/s where the research will be undertaken.
(d) Ministry of Education support letter.

(e) Medical reports conducted within three (3) months or less from the date of application.

(f) Police reports in respect of applicant from the country of his/her citizenship and/or residence where he/she has lived for twelve (12) months or more in the last ten (10) years.

(g) Sponsorship letter and/or financial standing of the applicant.

(h) For research undertaken for periods less than twelve (12) months - a certified copy of a return airline ticket.

(i) The requisite fee.

 

17.0 Exemption Status for a Child of a Fiji Citizen top

17.1 Definition

(a) Exemption status is granted to an unmarried child of a Fiji citizen under the age of 21 years and holder of a foreign passport to enter, reside and work in the country. Authority is under Section 8(1)(b) of the Immigration Act, 2003.

(b) Children of Fiji citizens who are 21 years old or over are exempted from holding a permit to enter and reside but must apply for a work permit if they intend to work as stipulated in Section 9(1) of the Immigration Act, 2003 and Section 16 of the Constitution.

17.2 Requirements

(a) A letter of request from either Fiji citizen parents.

(b) A support letter from the guardian if the child is not residing with his/her parents in Fiji.

(c) Certified copy of either parent’s Fiji passport (bio-data page).

(d) Certified copies of the applying child/children’s birth certificate/s.

(e) Two (2) recent passport size photos of the applicant.

 

18.0 Exemption Status for Members of Her Majesty’s Forces top

18.1 Definition

(a) Exemption status granted to any serving member of Her Majesty’s Forces to enter and reside in the country for the period of an authorized military exercise, training or secondment. Authority is under Section 8(1)(c) of the Immigration Act, 2003.

18.2 Requirements
Advice and endorsement from the local organization sponsoring the principal applicant.

(c) Copies of birth certificates for dependant children.

(d) Copy of marriage certificate for spouse.

(e) Applicant’s passports.


19.0 Exemption Status for Diplomatic or Consular Personnel top
19.1 Definition

(a) Exemption status granted to any serving diplomatic or consular or
any other person for that matter who have been extended immunities or privileges in Fiji under any written law for the time being in force that authorizes a person to enter, reside and work in the country. Authority is under Section 8(1)(d) of the Immigration Act, 2003.

19.2 Requirements

(a) Advice and diplomatic schedules form the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(b) Applicant and dependents passports.

 

20.0 Exemption Status for Official Staff of Diplomatic/Consular Personnel top

20.1 Definition

(a) Exemption status granted to any person who is on the official staff of a person that has been extended immunities or privileges in Fiji under any written law for the time being in force that authorizes a person to enter, reside and work in the country. Authority is under Section 8(1)(e) of the Immigration Act, 2003.
20.2 Requirements

(a) Advice and diplomatic schedules from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(b) Applicant’s passports.


21.0 Exemption Status for Non-Citizen Civil Servants top

21.1 Definition

(a) Exemption Status granted to a person employed in the service of the Government of the Fiji Islands or the government of any country or territory entering the Fiji Islands in the course of his/her duty to enter, reside and work. Authority is under Section 8(1)(f) of the Immigration Act, 2003.
21.2 Requirements

(a) Approval and endorsement of the Public Service Commission if applicable.

(b) Letter of request from the sponsor/local counterpart for volunteers and may include any relevant MOU.

(c) PSC employment contract.

(d) Invitation and agreement by relevant bodies and overseas counter parts.

(e) Copy of the applicant’s passport (bio-data) page.


22.0 Exemption Status for Families of Exempted Persons top
22.1 Definition

(a) Exemption status is granted to a member of the family of an exempted person (principal applicant) to enter and reside in Fiji without a permit during the time the principal applicant is resident in Fiji. Authority is under Section 8(2) of the Immigration Act, 2003.
22.2 Requirements

(a) Advice and diplomatic schedules from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(b) Advice and endorsement from the local organization sponsoring the principal applicant.

(c) Copies of birth certificates for dependant children.

(d) Copy of marriage certificate for spouse.

(e) Applicant’s passports.

 

23.0 Exemption Status for Spouse of a Fiji Citizen. top

23.1 Definition

(a) Exemption is granted to a person legally married to a bona fide Fiji citizen to enter and reside in the country without the necessity of obtaining a permit. Authority is under Section 9(1) of the Immigration Act, 2003 and Section 16 of the Constitution.

23.2 Requirements

(a) A letter of request from the Fiji citizen spouse.

(b) Certified copy of the marriage certificate.

(c) Proof of spouse’s Fiji citizenship (e.g. bio-data page of passport, birth certificate, Certificate of Naturalisation etc).

(d) Certified copy of applicant’s passport (bio-data page).

(e) Two (2) recent passport size photos of the non-citizen spouse.

(f) Police reports for the applicant from the country of citizenship and/or residence where he/she lived for twelve (12) months or more in the last ten (10) years.

(g) Medical report of the non-citizen spouse conducted within three (3) months or less from the date of application.

 

24.0 Permanent Residence Permit top

24.1 Definition

(a) A Permanent Residence Permit is granted to non-citizens who considers his or her home to be in the Fiji Islands and whose presence in Fiji will be beneficial to the interests of the Fiji Islands or to a citizen or citizens of the Fiji Islands. Authority is under Section 9(4) of the Immigration Act, 2003 and Section 51(1) & (2) of the Immigration Regulation, 2007.

24.2 Requirements

(i) For Former Fiji Citizens [NOT YET APPLICABLE]

(a) A duly completed PR application form.

(b) Documentary evidence of any Fiji passport previously issued to the principal applicant.

(c) Documentary evidence of any Fiji citizenship registration or naturalization certificate.

(d) Documentary evidence in (b) & (c) above are to be certified by the Citizenship Officer when required.

(e) Fiji birth certificate if applicable.

(f) Certified copies of nationality passport/s (bio-data page) of the applicant and his/her spouse and children if they are intending to reside with the principal applicant.

(g) Two (2) most recent passport size photographs of the principal applicant and each member of the family included in the application.

(h) Certified copy of the marriage certificate (if applicable) and children’s(less than 21yrs) birth certificates if they are to accompany their parents.

(i) Police reports for the applicants and his/her spouse and unmarried children over 18 years from their country of citizenship and / or residence where they have lived for twelve (12) months or more in the last ten (10) years.

(j) Medical reports conducted within three (3) months or less from the date of application of the applicant and his/her spouse and children who are applying to reside with the principal applicant.

(k) The requisite fee.

(ii) Non-Citizens who are not Former Fiji Citizens [Not Yet in Force]

 

(a) Certified copies of nationality passport/s (bio-data page) of the applicant and his/her spouse and children if they are intending to reside with the principal applicant.

(b) Two (2) most recent passport size photographs of the principal applicant and each member of the family included in the application.

(c) Certified copy of the marriage certificate (if applicable) and children’s (less than 21yrs) birth certificates if they are to accompany their parents.

(d) Police reports for the applicants and his/her spouse and unmarried children over 18 years from their country of citizenship and / or residence where they have lived for twelve (12) months or more in the last ten (10) years.

(e) Medical reports conducted within three (3) months or less from the date of application of the applicant and his/her spouse and children who are applying to reside with the principal applicant.

(f) The requisite fee.

 

25.0 Extension of Permanent Residence Permit top

25.1Requirements

(a) A request letter explaining the need to extend PR permit preferably on company/organization letterhead.

(b) Documentary evidence of any tax paid to the Fiji Government.

(c) Local police report.

(d) The requisite fee.

 

26.0 Bond Definition top

(a) Bond is a sum of money paid by a non-citizen applying for a permit prior to the granting of the permit as a security. In the event where a non-citizen breaches any of the conditions of his/her permit or the non-citizen without lawful authority remains in the Fiji Islands after the expiration of his/her permit, the bond is forfeited to the State.

26.1 Requirements for the refund of Bond

(a) A letter of request for refund from the permit holder or organization to whom the Bond is payable.

(b) Surrendered original permit for cancellation.

(c) Proof of Fiji Citizenship for permit holders who have acquired citizenship.

(c) Original receipt.

 

27.0 Visa Definition top
The Visa section is responsible for the processing and issuing of pre-entry visas to eligible persons who are national of countries enacted and categorized as Non-Visa Exempted countries. Visa is a pre entry authority issued to a non citizen passport holder from non visa exempted countries that authorizes the passport holder, to travel from his/her country or any destination country outside of Fiji to Fiji’s borders.
A visa does not give automatic entry rights into Fiji for the holder.

27.1Visa Application Requirements
  1. Correct and Fully completed official Fiji Visa Application Form [The applicant must clearly state the reason for visiting and duration of time spends]
  2. Two [2] recent coloured passport size photographs [one (1) photo to be certified]
  3. Original or certified copy of valid passport bio-data page
  4. Consent letter from spouse [if married and traveling alone]
  5. Consent from parents [for 18 years and under] and traveling alone
  6. Leave letter [if employed]
  7. Proof of funds to sustain duration of stay. e.g Bank statements and or for visa cards – recent bank statements for past 3 months.
  8. Confirmation of pre-booked hotel accommodation
  9. A copy of the travel itinerary/ticket
  10. Sponsor letter [ if a Fiji citizen or local company/organization is sponsoring to indicate the undertaking of the person for the duration of his period]
  11. Proof of approved visa and onward ticket [if applicant is traveling to the next country of destination after Fiji]
  12. Pre-requisite non-refundable Visa Application Fees-  FJ$96.00     Single Entry Visa
                                                                                                             FJ $190.00     Multiple Entry Visa
Processing Time
It takes 3 working days to process visa applications from the date of receipt by the Visa Officer. The delay in processing may occur when the applications submitted are incomplete or further clarification, additional documentation or verification of documents are required.
Notification of Visa Approval or Refusal
  1. The Visa’s are endorsed on the passport or in cases where passport is not submitted, a visa approval letter is sent to the successful applicant notifying the approval of the visa, validity of the visa and duration of the stay in Fiji.
  2. The visa application which is unsuccessful, the applicant is notified in writing of the refusal of visa application and justified reasons for refusal.