As for foreigners, temporary work is likely to be difficult to secure. Although there is a substantial expatriate community in Zambia, most of these individuals are contracted by international agencies; by and large, they did not come to Zambia and then find work. Persistence and connections might pay off, but outside of the few hostels or Western-oriented bars, a foreigner should not expect to find ready employment.
Employers seeking to employ expatriate staff are required to apply for work permits from Immigration Headquarters. Such permits are usually issued for an initial period of one year with provision for subsequent extensions or renewals. Companies that hold an Investment Licence and employs a minimum of 10 Zambians, could be entitled to obtain work permits for up to five expatriate employees.
To gain a work permit, one requires a full application signed by the employer, a CV (resume), copies of training certificates and qualifications certified by a commissioner of oaths, a letter of intent, two passport photos, and a letter from employers stating that one is needed by the company.