Guyana has a fair number of expatriates Most of them are from developing or poor countries working in different sectors across the country. Persons who are not Guyanese, have to get a work permit after employment is confirmed. Caribbean citizens might have some exemptions under the CSME scheme. There are a number of volunteer organizations like Project Trust, Peace Corps, VSO and CESO working in Guyana. Some people have come on short stints to volunteer with churches, and other non-governmental organizations. It is the responsibility of the host organizations or employer to arrange necessary travel/work permits from the concerned Ministry for prospective employee.
Salary in Guyana is normally paid in Guyanese Dollor GYD, which is the local currency. The present exchange rate is 206 GYD for 1 USD United States dollar. Income Tax which is one third of total taxable income,minus $50,000.00 dollars GY per month is usually deducted by employer. The overall cost of living is relatively very high, making an expatriate employee's life very difficult in Guyana.