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Happy independence day in Uganda and living in Uganda

Full name: Republic of Uganda
Location: Africa
Population: cc. 37 million
Capital City: Kampala
Other Important Cities: Jinja, Gulu, Lira
Currency: 1 Ugandan shilling = 100 cents
Language(s): English, Swahili, Luganda, Bantu, Nilotic
Religion(s): Christianity, Islam
Calling Code: +256
Internet TLD: .ug
Electricity: 220V 50Hz
Emergency Numbers: Fire – 112, Police – 999

Some interesting facts about Uganda:

Uganda is one of the safest, secure and most stable countries to visit in Africa.

Uganda is the size of the State of Oregon but has a population that is almost 10 times larger than Oregon.

Uganda has more Butterflies of every color than other East African Country

Uganda is home to over half of all Mountain Gorillas in the world 480 of them out of 880 –

Uganda is one of the Youngest Nation in World – over half of the population are children


Expat Clubs
Expat in Uganda
To provide friendly and fun environment to expats living in Uganda who want to chat and share information. Expat in Uganda is the place for expats to gain and share knowledge about the country and life in general. Whether you are relocating to Uganda, visiting as a tourist, looking for work or have lived here for a long time or just want to interact with other expats, this is the place to do it.


International Schools

International School of Uganda
ISU is a leader in providing world-class, holistic education in a multi-cultural setting, inspiring and equipping students to be life-long learners, to reach their full potential and to be responsible global citizens active in shaping the future.
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Address: Plot 272, P.O Box 4200
Tel: +256 781 468000
Email: sfarmer@isumail.ac.ug
Website: www.isu.ac.ug

Kampala International School Uganda
Kampala International School Uganda offers an international education to students between 2 and 19 years of age. The school was established in 1993. Current enrolment is around 600 and is increasing steadily. Students come from almost 60 different nationalities and, depending on the family’s contracts and nature of their work, stay in Uganda for varying lengths of time. The school is privately owned with an Advisory Board of Governors and the day-to-day running of the school is managed by the Director.
Curriculum: English National Curriculum / Cambridge IGCSE / International Baccalaureate
Address: Plot 447, Block 213, Old Kira Road, Bukoto, Kampala
Tel: +256 752 711 882
Email: office@kisu.com
Website: www.kisu.com

Rainbow International School Uganda
The RISU stands firm on imparting its fundamental and underlying principles of enlightenment, determination, courage and equality in all its modes of teaching to its students. We strive to ensure that these inherent qualities are embedded into each student as we believe in not just developing careers, but lives.
Curriculum: National Curriculum for England
Address: Tyaba Zone, Nanganda-Lukuli, Makindye Division, Kampala
Tel: +256 312 266 696
Email: info@risu.sc.ug
Website: www.rainbowinternationalschool.com


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

All expats intending to work in Uganda must ensure that they are in possession of the relevant work permit. The requirements for the different categories / classes of work permits are listed below:

Business and Trade
Applicants should be persons intending to carry on the business or trade in Uganda. Application Requirements:

  • Fill work permit form
  • Attach Covering letter from company
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Photocopies of the passport
  • Company’s bank statement
  • Uganda Investment Authority license ( where applicable )
  • Articlesand memorandum of association
  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Income tax clearance
  • Trading license
  • Banking of Uganda Certificate of remittance of US $ 100,000
  • Letter of good conduct from home country / interpol in country of origin
  • Security bond

Professionals
Applicants should be members of prescribed professionals intending to practice such profession in Uganda. Applicantion Requirements:

  • Fill work permit form
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Photocopies of passport
  • Attach Covering letter
  • Qualifications
  • Registrstion with the relevant professional agency e.g Association of medical Practitioners
  • Company documents
  • Letter of good conduct from home country or Interpol letter from home country
  • Security bond

Kenya to roll out e-Passports in September

The immigration department in Kenya has announced plans to roll out East African e-Passports from 1 September.

Kenya joins over 50 nations worldwide in issuing a new generation travel document with security features such as biometric details, machine readable through an electronic chip.

A message from the Immigration department said: “This is to notify the General Public that the Department of Immigration will start issuing the e-Passport with effect from 1st September 2017. Holders of valid current passports will be allowed to use them for the next 2 years i.e to 31st August 2019 after which they will be rendered invalid. Please note that the department will no longer be issuing the current Ordinary, Diplomatic and East African passports.”

The move is compliant with a regional agreement to harmonise passports across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

“The EAC e–Passport will have Diplomatic, Service and Ordinary categories and is different from the current machine readable passport being issued by the Partner States. It will be valid for up to 10 years while the Diplomatic passport and service passport will be valid according to specific term of the service of the holder,” it added.

According to the Immigration department, new passport applicants can register on the eCitizen portal but will need to visit the department in order to have their biometric details recorded.

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Uganda Receives the Highest Marks for Friendliness, According to InterNations Report

Uganda

This East African country received the highest marks for friendliness. According to the InterNations report, 57% of expats in Uganda gave ‘general friendliness’ the best possible rating (the global average was 26%). Not only that, not a single respondent ranked this factor negatively.

Charlotte Beauvoisin, a British expat who writes about living in the capital Kampala at Diary of a Muzungu, said that welcoming all nationalities is an intrinsic part of the culture, and residents are quick to offer smiles to newcomers.

InterNations Ambassador Nadya Mileva, originally from Bulgaria and now living in Kampala, agrees, saying that the people are ‘amazingly friendly’.

“The country has a lot to offer, from breathtaking landscapes to high-end restaurants and bars to year-round summer,” she added.

Uganda isn’t without its problems, however, including the occasional power outage, pollution from old cars and infrastructure growing pains that can make traffic come to a complete standstill. But “the overwhelming majority of visitors to Uganda love the place. Many of us extend our contracts; many of us decide to settle here,” Beauvoisin said.

The majority of expats live in Kampala, where English is common and international restaurants abound.

“It has a high-energy core with a relaxed periphery well suited for families and others who prefer to stay at home,” Mileva said. While the southern half of the city is culturally diverse and less expensive, with easy access to Lake Victoria and the airport, the northern half is home to more affluent neighbourhoods. But expats live everywhere.

“There are not neighbourhoods predominated by mazungus [foreigners] and others only for Ugandans,” Mileva explained.

The country is also very affordable for food and labour – meaning that expats are usually able to maintain a high standard of living.

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About our team: Rene Stegmann, Director, MBA, MIM, GMS

Thesis on Hurdles and Costs Relating to Expats in Africa (2000); qualified as a Global Mobility Specialist (GMS).Rene-Stegman-Profile15

Rene has been running Relocation Africa since and has delivered a diverse portfolio of programs and services regarding migration to the African continent. Relocation Africa’s services now include Research (surveys) and International Payroll/payment management services for African countries. Rene also provides HR consultation services to Corporates investing into Africa. As a SARA member, Rene contributes to the local remuneration industry as well as infusing the ERC with some African exposure.  Relocation Africa is a proud member of TIRA and she was elected Vice President of the association (2016).  Her company holds many prestigious awards and Rene was recognized for her valuable contribution to the MI Group’s Worldwide Partner Network International Advisory Council (2014/’15).  Rene and her family live in Cape Town where she and her husband, Andrew, work together.   Her undying love for what she does can be seen in every aspect of how Relocation Africa conducts business.

Uganda Sets Up Online Visa Application Portal

According to statistics from the directorate, over 60,000 applications for visas and permits have been completed and approved online since the software that functions through computers connected to internet was installed.

Uganda has declared its new online visa application and approval system an efficient digital (visa) and permits management infrastructure following the end of a six-month period allowed by the service provider to determine its efficacy.

The online visa portal was set up by Gamalto, a Netherlands’ technology firm, on July 1 last year at the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control in the internal affairs ministry in Kampala.

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