If your company chooses to expand to Angola, you need to hire new staff or bring trusted employees with you. All foreign nationals coming to Angola for work must obtain a work permit. Plus, the country has certain requirements for quotas that companies must adhere to. For example, a company can only have a maximum of 30% foreign nationals at a time.
Types of Work Visas in Angola
Every expat who gets a work contract from a company registered in Angola must apply for a work visa. Work visas allow individuals to stay in the country for up to 12 months and can be extended twice with multiple entries. Visas are valid only for the professional activity outlined in the work contract, and types vary based on the activity mentioned.
For example, foreign nationals in the petroleum industry or civil construction should apply for a type C work visa. Anyone entering the commercial, industrial, or fishing sectors needs a type D work visa.
As a foreign company, you’ll first need to set up an Angolan subsidiary or work with a global PEO to hire foreign employees. In addition to a work visa, expats also need a work permit in Angola to meet the country’s laws. Your company must apply for work permits on behalf of all your employees before they obtain a work visa.
Requirements to Obtain Angola Work Visas
The Ministry of Public Administration, Employment, and Social Security issues all work visas and residence permits after foreigners meet certain guidelines. Any foreign citizen trying to secure a job in Angola must have certain professional, technical, or scientific skills that Angola doesn’t have. That means the ability to hire foreign employees depends on how many local citizens are available to fill your open jobs. Both domestic and foreign employers can employ non-residents as long as their workforce includes 70% Angolan workers.
Some additional requirements for foreign workers include:
- Having no criminal record
- Not having been an Angolan national in the past
- Never having received a scholarship from an Angola entity or foreign company working in Angola
- Having an employment contract or the promise of employment
- Having a certificate showing all necessary qualifications
- Being at least 18 years old
All foreign employees must apply for their work visa at an Angolan consulate. Required documents include a letter from you — addressed to the Embassy — the completed application forms, a photocopy of the applicant’s passport, and two passport-size photos. Other necessary paperwork includes:
- A declaration that the applicant will abide by Angola’s laws
- Proof that the applicant has no family ties to individuals living in the country
- An employment contract
- A criminal record from the applicant’s country of residence
- A certificate showing good health from an official health institution in the country of residence
- Academic and professional certificates
- A curriculum vitae
- Proof of your company’s legal status in Angola
All of these documents must be translated into Portuguese by an official translator and legalized by a public notary, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, or an Angolan embassy.
Other Important Considerations
The law states that all Angola work permits and working visas must be issued within 15 days, but authorities often take about two to three months. Angola work visas usually cost about $100 and are valid for the length of an employment agreement. They’re issued for at least three months and no more than 36 months, so employees will need to re-apply once theirs expires.
Your employees will also need a temporary or permanent residence permit depending on how long they will consecutively live in the country. Those staying for five years or less can get a temporary permit that’s valid for one to three years. Living in Angola for 10 or more consecutive years requires a permanent residence permit.
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