Immigration and residence permits

For clients applying for residence, diplomatic, spouse, visiting, study, temporary, employment, cross-border as well as visas. 

Guiding principles in the issuance of permits and visas 

The department’s immigration’ policy is based on the following four (4) principles; 

  • An immigrant to Zambia must have a contribution to make in the form of skills, a profession or capital 

  • An immigrant should not deprive a Zambian of employment 

  • An immigrant should not be a charge by the state. 

  • An immigrant intending to settle in Zambia must be in possession of a permit. 


VISA Requirements 

If you need a visa to enter the country, please ensure that you obtain it before arrival. You should apply for an entry visa at the Zambian Embassy/ High Commission in your country or apply for it online at 

Study Permit 

This permit is offered to a foreign national who intends to study on a full-time basis at a Zambian educational institution. Study permit applications are done online at    Study permit application requirements 

  • Application form (To be filled out online)  

  • Two recent passport-size photos 

  • A Photocopy of current passport 

  • Photocopy of current visa  

  • Photocopy of current passport endorsement from the point of entry  

  • Letter of acceptance from the Institution/School (admission letter) 

  • Status of the host, parent, or guardian if any; 

  • Proof of commitment from the sponsor (certification of scholarship, letter from the provider) 

  • Medical report from the UNZA Clinic 

  • Cover letter from the Applicant to the Director- General of Immigration  

  • Payment of a prescribed fee (To be paid Online) 


Permit fees


STUDY PERMIT K 6,750 K 9,000 K 6,750 K 6,750 Change of School


Please visit the website, for more information on the online application.