All foreigners wishing to work in Mali need a residence permit and work permit. Switch of status from visitors to long term residence is possible in-country.
Expatriates with work contracts must obtain a visa from the Direction Nationale du Travail (National Labour Directorate), which has a maximum of 15 days to inform applicants of its decision and must provide a reason for denying any application. Work visas are granted without restrictions and the role of the administration is simply to ensure contract compliance with legal, regulatory and contractual provisions.
An employment agreement or a job contract signed by both parties (foreign worker and local employer) and a medical certificate (to be obtained locally) must be filed at the relevant government office along with the application. The employer must guarantee to meet the expenses of accommodation during the work assignment as well as repatriation costs. Work permits are normally granted in few weeks.
Accompanying spouses who wish to work require a work permit in their own right.