This is to notify and inform the general public that the SHORT-TERM WORK PERMIT (E-Work Permit) is now being initiated by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Employment. The employers wishing to import foreign workers even for the duration less than 30 days should now compulsorily apply online through BLMIS with immediate effect. Besides the normal required documents, the individual/FWRA/employers should submit the medical clearance certificate of the foreigners obtained from the country of origin.This notification is referred to the approval of the night halt work permits only and for other categories and updates, MoICE will keep notifying in future.

Notification to the Employers on Transferring of Foreign Workers

Foreign workers play a crucial role in meeting our domestic workforce need, and it is imperative that they are treated with respect and given safe and supportive working conditions.

It is also important to ensure that foreign workers are able to exercise their Rights and Duties as per the local laws, regulations and norms, especially the relevant sections of the Labour and Employment Act, 2007, Working Conditions Regulations, (amended in 2022) and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHS), 2022 (amendment).

Further, in continuation to our public notification issued on 5th July, 2022, we would like to remind you of the following sections of Chapter XIV-Employment of Foreigners, Labour and Employment Act, 2007:

Section 219: No person shall employ a foreigner unless the employer has an approval of the Chief Labour Administrator to employ a foreigner.

༢༡༩་ མི་ངོ་ཅིག་གིས་ལཱ་གཡོག་བྱིན་མི་ཅིག་ལུ་  ཕྱི་མི་ལཱ་གཡོག་ནང་བཙུགས་ཆོག་པའི་གནང་བ་ ལས་མི་བདག་སྐྱོང་གཙོ་ འཛིན་ལས་ཡོདན་མ་གཏོགས་ དེ་མིན་ མི་ངོ་ག་གིས་ཡང་ ཕྱི་མི་གཡོག་ནང་ བཙུག་མི་ཆོག།

Section 202: No person shall knowingly assist a person to employ a foreigner without a permit.

༢༢༠་ གནང་བ་མེད་མི་ ཕྱི་མི་ཅིག་ གཡོག་ནང་བཙུགས་ནིའི་དོན་ལུ་ མི་ངོ་ཅིག་གིས་ ཤེས་བཞིན་དུ་ མི་ངོ་གཞན་ཅིག་ལུ་ ཆ་རོགས་འབད་མི་ཆོག།

Section 221: No permit to employ a foreigner shall be varied or transferred to another person without the approval of the Chief Labour Administrator.

༢༢༡་ ལས་མི་བདག་སྐྱོང་གཙོ་འཛིན་ལས་གནང་བ་ཡོདན་མ་གཏོགས་ཕྱི་མི་གཅིག་གཡོག་ནང་བཙུགས་ཆོག་པའི་གནང་བ་འདི་ མི་ངོ་གཞན་ཅིག་ལུ་ སྤོ་ཤུད་དང་བསྒྱུར་བ་འབད་མི་ཆོག།

Section 222: A person who contravenes section 219-221 shall be guilty of an offence which shall be a felony of the fourth degree.

༢༢༢་ མི་ངོ་ཅིག་གིས་ དོན་ཚན་ ༢༡༩ ལས་ ༢༢༡ ཚུན་ལས་འགལ་བ་ཅིན་ དབྱེ་ རིམ་བཞི་པའི་ཉེས་ཆན་སྨིན་དགོ།

Considering the above sections of the Labour & Employment Act, please refrain from transferring foreign workers between employers or from one worksite to another for whatsoever duration without the approval of the CLA/Department of Labour (DoL), MOICE. You can process the online approval for the temporary or permanent transfer of foreign workers between employers, location and worksites through ..HERE…

The above link was changed from the previous link after the recent restructuring of the ministries.

The employers who employ foreign workers after getting the temporary transfer approval from the CLA are requested to ensure foreign workers use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The PPE could be temporarily transferred from the primary employer (to save cost) or provided new. The minimum PPE for the construction and related works constitute safety helmet, reflective jacket, appropriate footwear, safety harness (for work at height), etc.

For more information on OHS, please refer Regulations on Occupational Health and Safety in the Construction Sector (amended 2022) and Regulations on Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare (amended 2022). These documents are accessible …HERE… 

Department of Labour, MoICE