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SURINAME | Work Permits

The Act Work Permits Foreign Nationals (Wet Werkvergunning Vreemdelingen) prohibits employers to employ foreign nationals who are not in the possession of a work permit. The obligation to apply for a work permit rests upon the employer. The employer can apply for a work permit with the Department of Employment, Technological Development and Enviroment (Arbeid, Technologische Ontwikkeling en Milieu). 

An employer is however exempted from obtaining a work permit for an employee when the latter falls within one of the following categories:
  • foreigners married to a Surinamese national;
  • foreigners who have obtained the status of refugee;
  • returned emigrants of Surinamese origin;
  • foreigners who are not required to obtain a work permit on the basis of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (Skilled nationals of CARICOM);
  • foreigners who will work as a civil servant for the Surinamese Government; and
  • foreigners who are exempted from obtaining a work permit on the basis of a bilateral treaty.