4. Work Permit Collection
All documents pertaining to expatriate employment can be collected by the employer himself or by a person assigned by him
legally. In some cases, the Employment Agencies do the collection on the employer’s behalf.
5. Work Permit Renewal
- Normally 2-3 days will be taken to process the work permits extension.
- If the work permit is not extended before it is expired but applied before 15 days after the expiration of the work permit, the employer must pay a fine of MRF 100.00
when applying for the extension.
- If a work permit is not extended within 15 days after the expiration of the work permit, the worker will be asked to leave the country. The employer concerned will be
fined for the offence for the first time and if the offence is repeated, the employer’s quota will be suspended for 1 year.
When To Renew…
- Normally a work permit can only be renewed within the 30 days before the expiry of the work permit. However,
depending on the workload, the renewal of the work permit is categorized into three stages.
- All employers employing more than 35 expatriates can apply for renewal within the 90 days before the expiration of the work permit.
- All employers employing between 15 and 35 expatriates can apply for renewal within the 60 days before the expiration of the work permit.
- In addition, employers employing less than 15 expatriates can apply within the 30 days before the expiration of the work permit.
What Documents To Bring…
- The original work permit card
- A valid medical report
- The worker's passport
- 2 stamp size photos
- A valid contract
- A letter from the employer requesting for the extension
- An authorization letter from the employer if a representative is coming on behalf of the employer.
6. The Security Deposit
- All expatriates who come for employment in the Maldives are required to keep a refundable security deposit with the Work Permit Section of the Ministry of Employment
and Labour. The purpose of the deposit is to repatriate the expatriate when required. A percentage of the amount of the single airfare to the home country of the
expatriate has to be kept as a security deposit when applying for the work permit. The interest of 2.5% for the minimum balance kept will be calculated biannually on the 31st
December and 30th of June respectively and given to the employer. The deposit is calculated as follows:
- 100% of the single airfare for the employment of between 1 and 5 expatriates.
- 50% of the single airfare for the employment of between 6 and 35 expatriates.
- 10% of the single airfare for the employment of more than 35 expatriates.
- The deposit can be refunded after the expatriate leaves the country upon a written request made by the employer.