While your international workforce will include nationals in your country of expansion, you may choose to send current employees abroad to round out your team. Globalization Partners ensures your nonnational workers have the correct documents for legal residence and employment.
Cabo Verde does not have an official business visa, but they do have a range of visa types, including:
- Tourist visas: With this entry visa, the holder can stay in the country for up to 90 days with one extension.
- Temporary visas: With a single- or multiple-entry temporary visa, nonnationals can visit the country for up to 30 days for many short-term tasks, including travel, professional activity, and medical needs.
- Transit visas: These visas allow holders to travel through the country to get to another location. They last for four days with one possible extension.
- Offical, courtesy, and diplomatic visas: Reserved for diplomatic or official activity, these visas allow for multiple entries of up to 30 days at a time.
Nonnational employees will need to enter the country with a temporary or tourist visa and apply for a residence visa to work in the country. Applicants can stay in the country for six months while the appropriate authorities assess their eligibility for a residence permit.
Residence permits can be temporary or permanent. Temporary permits must be renewed annually, and permanent permits must be renewed every five years.
What You Need to Obtain a Cabo Verde Work Visa
To receive a residence visa for working in Cabo Verde, applicants will need:
- A copy of their passport
- Two passport photos
- A bank statement showing proof of financial stability
- A certificate from the Public Order of Police
- A certificate from the Judicial Police
- A health certificate with vaccination records
- Proof of property ownership or a rental agreement
- A document stating the purpose of residence
Certificates from the police within the country are standard to prove the applicant hasn’t committed any crimes within the borders. The immigration office may also request a criminal record from the applicant’s previous location of residence. These certificates must be from the last six months, and they must have a Portuguese translation.
For the purpose of the application, a job offer can act as a reason for residence in the country. As an employer, you can provide an official letter with a job offer or another document proving an applicant’s employment.
How to Get a Work Visa in Cabo Verde
Nonnationals can only apply for residence visas once they’ve entered the country with another visa type. They can apply for a tourist or temporary visa through their nearest consulate. This process requires a valid passport, a recent passport photo, and a completed application form. The specific requirements may vary, so applicants should reach out to the consulate for more details.
Once the applicant enters the country, they can apply for a residence visa with the materials listed above. The residence visa will allow applicants to stay in Cabo Verde for up to six months while their permit is processed. When the applicant reaches their six-month stay, the immigration authorities may request a certificate from city hall declaring residence for the past six months.
Citizens of different countries have different requirements to enter the borders. Applicants should research to find out whether they need an entry visa based on their country of origin.
Employees should also note that permanent residence permits are uncommon compared to temporary permits. Applicants will likely need to renew their permits annually if they plan to work abroad for extended periods.
Turn to Globalization Partners for Your Expansion
Globalization Partners offers the expertise you need to hire nonnational workers, manage your international workforce, and encourage success in Cabo Verde and beyond. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about our expansion services.