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Angola Immigration Information Work Permit

All foreigners wishing to work in Angola need a Work visa/permit. An application for a Work visa is made on behalf of the employing company at the Immigration Department in Luanda (Serviço de Migração e Estrangeiros – SME).

The procedure can prove frustrating, time-wasting and foreigners often complain that local service is disappointing, however if the nature of the assignment or work to be delivered is of benefit to the Angolan economy and if there is lack of skilled local workers in that field, then visas are granted much more easily.

Work visas are initiated at the SME locally and after they are granted, the foreign worker must collect the visas at the relevant Angolan Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence.

The process can take from several weeks to up to two months.

It is also possible for foreigners to enter Angola on simple Tourist visas and thereafter apply for a change in status to a Work visa. This is a far quicker process than applying whilst outside the country. Tourist visas are valid for up to 90 days – workers in Angola on Tourist visas are officially not allowed to work, however this is tolerated if on low profile.

Once the Work visa is approved and affixed on the passport, then the expatriate will have to report at the relevant office to apply for Residence and Alien ID cards.

Employees accompanied by family members can obtain Residence visas by giving proof of family ties (apostilled marriage and birth certificates). It is recommended that all documents from abroad are officially translated into Portuguese to avoid any delays.





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