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Belize: Labour Regulation

Work Permits

The application process for a work permit takes approximately three weeks. Although the Ministry of Labour processes and approves work permit issue, the Immigration Department is responsible for actual issue of the permit. The fee can range anywhere from BZ$100 to BZ$1,000 (at the time of writing) depending on the applicant’s skill level. Two recent passport-size photos endorsed by the applicant must be enclosed with the application.

An investor must present their passport, enclose three passport-size photos and provide substantive proof of financial self-sufficiency, thus not infringing on the country's limited economic resources. Bank statements or other proof of financial independence will also be required. A work permit is valid from three months to one year and is subject to renewal.



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