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Brunei Regulatory Environment
Labour policy in Brunei Darussalam is flexible. The shortage of local
labour has been compensated by the recruitment
of foreign workers which makes up about
one-third of the total work-force. Thus
an investor rarely faces difficulties in
securing approval for recruiting foreign
workers especially in cases where locals
are not available to perform the job.
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All non-Brunei Darussalam citizens require a work permit which is
valid for two years. Application must first
be made to the Labour Department for a labour
licence. On the recommendation of the Labour
Department, the Immigration Department will
give permission for the workers to enter
Brunei Darussalam. The Labour Department
requires either cash deposit or a banker's
guarantee to cover the cost of a one-way
airfare to the home country of an immigrant
An approved labour licence cannot be altered for at least six months
after issue. Applications will not be accepted
until the formation of a local company or
a branch of foreign company has been officially
approved and registered.
Visitors who wish to enter Brunei Darussalam to take up employment
must arrange with their employers to obtain
employment passes prior to their arrival.
Spouses and children under 18 years of age
of pass holders are required to obtain dependents'
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