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Why Côte d'Ivoire

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Annonces légales

Work in Côte d’Ivoire


I/ Postulate:   Local competences exist on the Ivorian territory and they are the one needed as human resources to recruit in a newly created company.

  • So any job vacancy (employee research) should be report to AGEPE;
  • Any job vacancy must be published for one (01) months in a national newspaper of general circulation.
  • If at the end of this period (one month), the position is not filled by a national, the employer is allowed to recruit any candidates with the required profile in the country of their choice.

II/ Employment contract

  • Prior to being hired, non Ivorian worker must hold a contract or letter of employment covered by AGEPE on a form established for this purpose.
  • Within three (03) months (maximum) from the date of hire, the non-national workers must apply to the relevant administrative departments issuing a working permit established in his name.
  • For work contract of limited duration, a visa is issued for a period of twenty four (24) months.
  • For the open-ended contract, a long-term visa is issued.
  • For the work contract visa
    • Four (4) copies of the employment contract form of a non Ivorian to complete;
    • Professional references (diploma, certificate of employment or work certificate);
    • One (1) criminal record;
    • One (1) resume;
    • One (1) medical examination certificate.
  • For Working permit
    • One (1) work permit application to complete;
    • One (1) copy of the employment contract in question;
    • Two (2) same print passport photos;
    • One (1) copy of the residence permit;
    • 5000 CFA for settlement costs.
  • For contracts of fixed-term work
    • Non-Africans: A (01) months salary per worker targeted (base salary + differential
    • African workers: Half (1/2) of the salary per worker targeted (base salary + differential)
  • For contracts of indefinite duration
    • Non-Africans: A (01) and a half months of salary per worker targeted (base salary + differential)
    • African workers: Three-fourths (3/4) of the salary per worker targeted (base salary + differential).


  • Are not covered by the various provisions:
    • non-national workers paid by results, unless they are employed;
    • salaried officers (CEO, General Manager, Deputy General Manager);
    • farm laborers;
    • domestic workers.


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