Democratic Republic of the Congo Immigration Services

If your company is sending employees to Democratic Republic of the Congo — Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Democratic Republic of the Congo, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible.  If you have any questions, please click here to contact us.

• ​​The Democratic Republic of Congo​'s immigration system provides several options for employers of foreign nationals. While there is no​ specific pathway for business visitors, the immigration authorities generally allow foreign nationals to enter the country with an ordinary visa to engage in general business activities without work authorization. Ordinary visas are valid for stays up to six months for single, double, or multiple entries, based on the traveler’s needs, and can be extended. Work authorization should be sought when the business visit exceeds 90 days.​
 
​• The Visa d'établissement de travail spécifique (VETS) is a Short-Term Work Permit, suitable for work assignments of up to 12 months, although foreign nationals must be placed on Congolese payroll to obtain work authorization beyond 180 days refer to the VET below). Under the VETS, foreign nationals enter with an ordinary visa, then apply for the Short-Term Work Permit in country.
 
• The Visa d'établissement ​de travail (VET) provides long-term work authorization and is suitable for work assignments that exceed 180 days. This visa is valid for 12 to 24 months and serves as a residence permit. Foreign nationals must be placed on Congolese payroll. A “go-in/go-out” visa (Visa Sortie/Retour - or VSR)​ is issued in tandem with the VETS or VET, as appropriate, allowing visa holders to travel internationally within the work validity period.​
 
Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.