Brunei: Working and Living
This page was last updated on 4 June 2019.
The government regulates the immigration of foreign labour to prevent changes to the make-up of Brunei's society. Work permits for foreigners are issued only for short periods and must be continually renewed. Despite these restrictions, the estimated 100,000 foreign temporary residents of Brunei make up a significant portion of the work force.
Persons entering Brunei to take up employment must arrange with their employers to obtain employment passes prior to their arrival. Their spouses and children under 18 years of age of pass holders are required to obtain dependents' passes.
Every foreigner who intends to work in Brunei must have a valid employment visa authorised by the Department of Immigration and National Registration and is issued at the Bruneian Embassy or High Commission. The maximum length of the validity of an employment visa is 3 years. Processing takes approximately seven working days.
The employer must have a quota licence from the Labour Department and needs an approval letter from the work pass section of the Immigration and National Registration Department. The worker should have a valid passport/travel document recognised by the Brunei director of immigration and national registration. The passport must have a validity of 6 months before entering the country.