Employment for foreigners in Maldives is allowed under the permission granted from the Permits and Foreign Employment Division (PFED) of Maldives Immigration MI.

MI issues a Work Visa (WV) based on Employment Approval (EA) issued by PFED. EA is a written statement granting permission for expatriates to work in the Maldives. It is the responsibility of the employee to confirm that EA is approved before arriving to Maldives for Employment.

To apply for an EA, the employer should have a Quota that is valid for 3 months.

The process of EA issuing consists of 3 stages; Online Preliminary Check, Verification and Approval. EA will be approved after completing the above 3 stages, along with the deposit payment.

The employee must arrive in Maldives for employment within 90 days from the date of issue of the EA. Even though the EA is issued to an employee, MI reserves the right to prohibit the employee from entering into Maldives, if he/she is on the screening hit list. The employer must pay WV of the employee and submit for WV within 15 days of arrival to the Maldives.

Categories for which EA is issued are as follows:

  1. Commercial Category
  2. Government Category
  3. Domestic Category

ISSUING OF NEW EMPLOYMENT APPROVALS

  1. Commercial Category

Under this category, EA is requested by companies or individuals to employ a foreigner for a commercial purpose. This includes both professional and non-professional occupations.

Documents required for EA under commercial category

  • Employee’s passport Bio data page color copy (valid for more than 01 year).
  • Passport size digital photo of the employee (white background).
  • Letter of Appointment including all the information about the employer, employee and the employment (color copy)
  • Relevant educational/professional certificate(s) of the employee (for professional occupations).

 

  1. Government Category

Under this category, EA is requested by government authorities or government shared companies. This includes both professional and non-professional occupations and requires a Quota to apply for EA.

Documents required for EA under government category

  • Employee’s passport Bio data page color copy (valid for more than 01 year)
  • Passport size digital photo of the employee (white background)
  • Letter of Appointment including all the information about the employer, employee and the employment (color copy)
  • Relevant educational/professional certificate(s) of the employee (for professional occupations)

 

  1. Domestic Category

Under this category, EA is requested by individuals (locals and professional category EA holders) for the purpose of domestic works. This is a non-professional category which does not require a Quota. EA issuing occupations for Domestic Category are as follows:

  1. Domestic Servant/House Maid
  2. Attendant
  3. Driver

 

Documents required for EA under Domestic Category

  • Employee’s passport Bio data page color copy (valid for more than 01 year)
  • Passport size digital photo of the employee (white background)
  • Letter of Appointment including all the information about the employer, employee and the employment 9color copy)
  • Employee’s medical report in English, acquired from home country (color copy)
  • Employee’s Police report in English, acquired from home country (color copy)
  • Rahvehinge registry of the employer (OR) rent agreement (color copy)
  • Floor Plan of the house (employee’s place of stay should be defined and signed by two witnesses OR approved from a government authority)
  • Letter issued by the owner of the residence (if employer living separately)
  • If applying for an attendant medical certificate (government authorized) of the patient
  • Maldives government recognized Medical Certificate issued to the patient (if applying for an Attendant)
  • Employee’s driving license color copy (if applying for a driver)
  • Employer’s vehicle registration color copy (if applying for a driver)

 

OTHER SERVICES

“My Online Applications” of the X-pat Online System’s (XPAT) user portal.

  1. Add new passport
  2. EA extension
  3. Site change
  4. Occupation change
  5. Employer change
  6. EA cancellation

The above mentioned services will be processed after 3 stages; Add, Verification and Approval. Standard processing time is working 7 days.

  1. Add New Passport

If the employee’s passport is changed after employee arrived to Maldives, the employer must submit for passport change through “My Online Applications”. Once the application is submitted, old passport details (passport number, issued date, expiry date) in the EA will be replaced with the new passport details.

Documents required for Passport Change Applications

  • New passport Bio data page (color copy)
  • New passport’s observation page with the old passport number

 

  1. EA Extension

All the EA’s issued from XPAT are issued with an expiry date. Application for EA extension should be submitted (Three) 3 months before the expiry of EA. Applied EA will be extended for 1 year; however, if the quota expires before (one) 1 year, the EA will be extended up to quota expiry.

Documents required for EA Extend Duration

  • Filled application form for EA extension
  • Employee’s passport Bio data page color copy (valid for more than 7 months)

 

  1. Site Change (SC)

If an employee working in Maldives transfers to a new work site of the same employer, the employer must submit for SC through “My Online Applications”. In order to cancel the new Work Site must have a valid quota. Site cannot be changed from commercial to domestic category and vice versa.

Documents required for Site Change

  • Filled application form for EA (Site Change)
  • Employee’s passport Bio data page color copy (valid for more than 7 months)
  • Employment Contract (color copy)

 

  1. Occupation Change(OC)

If an employee working in Maldives relocated to a new occupation, the employer must submit for OC through “My Online Applications”. To cancel the employee should have a valid EA. In order to change occupation the employee should have worked for more than one (1) year in the Maldives.

Documents required for Occupation Change

  • Filled application form (Occupation Change)
  • Employee’s passport Bio data page color copy (valid for more than 7 months)
  • Employment Contract (color copy)
  • Relevant educational/professional certificate(s) of the employee (if changing from non-professional occupation to a professional occupation)

 

  1. Employer Change (EC)

If an employee working in the Maldives transfers to a new employer, the new employer must submit for EC through “My Online Applications”. Visa fee must be paid 15 days prior to application submission date and EA must be valid in order to change to a new employer. Likewise, to cancel EA the employee should have worked for more than one (1) year in the Maldives.

Documents required for Employer Change

  • Filled application form (Employer Change)
  • Employee’s passport Bio data page color copy (valid for more than 01 year)
  • Passport size digital photo of the employee (white background)
  • Employment contract between new employer and the employee
  • Relevant educational/professional certificate(s) of the employee (if changing from non-professional occupation to a professional occupation)
  • Color copy of Rahvehinge registry of the employer (OR) if the place is rented, then rent agreement (if domestic category)
  • Employee’s driving license color copy (if applying for a Domestic Driver)
  • Employer’s vehicle registration color copy (if applying for a Domestic Driver)
  • Maldives government recognized Medical Certificate issued to the patient (if applying for an Attendant)

 

  1. EA Cancellation

Cancellation for EA should be submitted through “My Online Applications”. EA can be cancelled under the following situations:

  1. The employee is unable to come for employment
  2. The employee departed from Maldives after employment contract completion or resignation
  3. The employee wants to change from Work Visa to Marriage Visa
  4. The employee died working in Maldives

Documents to be submitted for EA Cancellation

  • Filled application form for EA cancellation
  • Marriage certificate color copy (changing from Work Visa to Marriage Visa)
  • Color copy of employee’s death certificate (employee died working in Maldives)

NOTE:

  • Employment Contract completed or resigned EA will be cancelled only after the employee departs from the Maldives.
  • EA of escaped or lost employees will not be cancelled unless employee departs from the Maldives
  • Visa fee must be paid till the departure date in order to process an EA cancellation application.
  • Employees changing from WV to marriage visa, fee must be paid till the date of marriage / marriage registration consistent with the laws of Maldives
  • EA of a diseased employee will be cancelled after the visa fee is paid till the date of death
  • It is not required to pay visa fee if the employee departs from the Maldives within 15 days of arrival to Maldives.