Brunei Darussalam's government-initiated Industry Competency Framework has helped to develop an industry-ready workforce. Register with JobCentre Brunei at
www.jobcentrebrunei.gov.bn to advertise your vacancies. After 2 weeks, if there are no suitable local candidates, businesses who wish to engage a foreign worker may proceed to the Department of Labour to apply for a Foreign Worker License.
Recruiting local employees:
Employers may visit the JobCentre Brunei website at
www.jobcentrebrunei.gov.bn to register their business or company using their ROCBN number.
Step 2: Log in online
Upon receiving their password, employees may then login to complete their company profile and details.
Step 3: Post job vacancies
Employers may then proceed to post details of the job vacancies available at their company.
Step 4: Job matching and interviews
JobCentre Brunei will then facilitate job matching and share a list of active job seekers for the company to interview for employment.
Engaging foreign workers:
Before a company can apply for a Foreign Worker License, they must first register JobCentre Brunei to advertise their vacancy for a minimum of 2 weeks. During this time, interested job applicants may either apply directly to the company or via JobCentre Brunei.
Upon any application by local jobseekers, the company will have an additional 30 days to proceed with their standard recruitment procedures to review applications, conduct interviews and select a candidate.
However, if there are no applicants within the 2 weeks, the company will receive a clearance letter from JobCentre Brunei within 3 days and may proceed to the Department of Labour to apply for a Foreign Worker License.
Simultaneously, the company can log onto their online Tabung Amanah Pekerja (TAP) account to print out the official list of local employees.
Depending on the nature of business, the company may require special approval from a relevant Government agency before they can proceed to apply for a Foreign Worker License. Visit the
Business License Simulator to find out whether this applies to your business.
Step 1: Apply for Foreign Workers License
new applications must be submitted via a registered employment agent.
Applicants may visit the Department of Labour to submit applications for a Foreign Workers License, together with all supporting documents required. Download the forms below, which state the list of required documents:
Upon submission of the application a receipt is issued stating the date that the applicant may collect their approved Foreign Workers License. This will be within 7 working days (18 working days for applications relating to construction industry).
Payment of Security Deposit
Upon collection of the approved License, applicants are required to make payment for the security deposit. Payments are accepted in the form of cash, Banker's Guarantee or Jaminan Insurans/Takaful Pekerja Asing (JITPA).
Step 2: Apply for Visa
Applicants may now proceed to the Department of Immigration & National Registration to submit their applications for a Foreign Worker Visa, which is expected to be approved within 3-5 working days. Required documents include:
- Application letter from Employer
- Visa Application Form (Malaysians & Singaporeans are exempt)
- Form 23
- 2 copies of a current passport-sized photo
- Photocopy of identity card (for Malaysians or Singaporeans)
- Approved Foreign Workers License (original & a photocopy)
- Job Order from Department of Labour
- Employment Agency Representative Card
Step 3: Medical Examination
Once applicants have obtained their Visa and the Foreign Worker has arrived in Brunei Darussalam, they may proceed to the Ministry of Health to undergo the required medical examination, which typically takes one to two weeks.
Step 4: Contract Signing
After passing their medical examination, applicants may return to the Department of Labour for the signing of their employment contract. This will be done within a day.
Step 5: Apply Work Pass and Green IC
Upon signing their employment contract, the applicant may now return to the Department of Immigration and National Registration to apply for their work pass. This is expected to take around 3-5 days for approval. Documents required will be the same as for the Visa application.
With the approval of their work pass, applicants may now proceed to apply for their own green IC card. Required documents include:
- Identification Card Application Form
- Travel Document containing a photo page and a valid approved Work Pass from Department of Immmigration and National Registration (original & a photocopy)
Post-Approval Mandatory Inspection
A mandatory inspection will be held within 3-6 months after license approval has been obtained. This applies to all industries except for Construction where the inspections will be conducted both before and after license approval.
Inspections are held to ensure that all foreign workers in Brunei are being employed for the stated purpose.