New regulation on Visa Extension for foreigners wef 14 Sep 2022

According to the new announcement, with effect from 14 September 2022, the following new regulations shall apply to all Recommendation Letter applications:

  • To be eligible to apply for a Recommendation Letter, the employing company must have been incorporated/registered with DICA at least one year before submitting the visa extension application;
  • Companies who have in the past been “suspended” for failure to file an Annual Return, or have been struck-off the register, will only be allowed to apply for stay permit and visa extensions after they have complied with their legal obligations for a period of at least one (1) year following the suspension/strike off; and
  • Companies must apply for the Recommendation Letters at least 90 to 120 days before expiry of the foreigner’s current stay permit or visa.

To apply for a Recommendation Letter, employers shall submit the following documents and information with DICA:

  • Company Extract;
  • Current business activities of the company (including copies of any permits or licenses issued to the company by relevant government agencies or organizations, as well as business contracts showing the employer’s business activities in Myanmar);
  • Undertaking letter signed on behalf of the board of directors ensuring that they act as a “guarantee” for the foreigner while he/she is in Myanmar;
  • Copies of tax returns or audited financial statements of current and previous two (2) fiscal years or other evidence of income tax payments;
  • Completed CV Form in the format issued by DICA (please refer to attached announcement);
  • Job description and the foreign employee’s duties within the company;
  • Professional qualification certificates of the foreigner and copy of employment contract;
  • For any subsequent visa extensions: evidence of personal income tax payments;
  • List of all foreign employees of the company, including full names, nationalities, passport numbers and phone numbers; and
  • Copy of the passport and two colored passport photos (1.5 x 2 inches) of every person seeking visa extension.

Source: MOIP