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S. Sudan to charge foreigners $4,000 for work permits


October 29, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan has resolved to charge foreign workers running businesses in Africa’s newest nation up to $4,000.

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South Sudan’s finance minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau, speaks in Juba, 23 July 2013 (Photo: Larco Lomayat)

The move comes six months after the country’s finance ministry suspended plans to hike the fees to $10,000 from the $100 it initially levied.

Several aid agencies providing humanitarian services had in the wake of the work permit fee hike criticized government’s decision.

According to the country’s finance ministry, the reduced work permit fee of $4,000 will take effect from November. In its statement, the finance ministry categorizes workers and the amounts to be charged.

Consultants and managers, local media reports say, will be charged the $4,000, professionals will pay $3,000, technicians will pay $2,000, skilled workers will pay $1,000 and unskilled ones would pay $500.

“Outstanding payments with the old rate are to be cleared with the Central Bank and the ministry with immediate effect. Failure to do so will result in charges with new rate,” reads the ministry’s statement.

“Work permit forms that were taken earlier and submitted after 22nd October, will be charged with the new rates,” it added, warning of penalties on defaulters.

The conflict in South Sudan, now in its fourth year, has killed thousands of people and displaced over two million from their homes.


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  • 30 October 07:32, by DO IT

    The foreigns that are running business are mostly Ugandanses and charging with that amount, they would retaliate back badly to you idiots in Juba and would probably affecting those Sudanes in Uganda as well

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    • 30 October 07:55, by Newsudan

      consultants and managers, local media reports say,will be charged the $4000,professionals will pay $3000,technicians will pay $2000,skilled workers will pay $1000 and unskilled ones would pay $ 500,these people are lucky,becos in some countries foreigners are not allowed to work leave alone charging them with fees,

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      • 30 October 08:00, by Newsudan

        it’s not bad to collects those dollars, but the problems is that they will end up in pocket of few individuals to growth their stomachs,

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        • 30 October 12:43, by jubaone

          Thats true. I have no problems if these fees are properly levied, collected and put for useful purposes. These foreigners MUST pay, afterall they run SS like a tax free Zone. If they dont want, they must leave the country as simple as that.

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          • 30 October 15:34, by Newsudan

            they have been milking South Sudan without taxes

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    • 30 October 09:40, by Isaac

      Yaaaah DO IT,

      If its true that your illiterate, ur safe. Otherwise ur expected to know the content of a work permit as u relate to it in your argument. Its applicable only on foreigners EMPLOYED formerly in S.Sudan. Now ask ur self what majority S. S.Sudanese are doing in Uganda?

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  • 30 October 07:35, by Sunday Junup

    They looted our resources with out accountability. But wait where are you going to take those money collected? Why do you charge them using foreign currency?

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  • 30 October 08:04, by DO IT

    They used everything the country has had and now they are robbing the foreigners investors by charging them with that soundless prices

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    • 30 October 09:53, by Sunday Junup

      DO IT,
      Thanks for your comment. i’m also become tired of those foreigners, IGAD is not willing to bring peace to South Sudan because of business they got in this country.

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