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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 does not specifically provide for business visits; however, the immigration authorities generally allow foreign nationals to enter the country with an ordinary visa and 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 catégory spécifique (VETS - Short-Term Work Permit) is suitable for work assignments of up to 12 months. Foreign nationals enter with an ordinary visa and then apply for the VETS in country. They must also obtain a “go-in/go-out” (known as VSR - Visa Sortie/Retour)​ visa to travel in and out of the country.

The Visa d'Etablissement de Travail (VET) provides long-term work authorization and is suitable for work assignments over 180 days. Foreign nationals must be placed on Congolese payroll to obtain work authorization beyond 180 days. The Special Visa for Work is valid for 12 to 24 months and serves as a residence permit. 

Dependents are not granted work authorization as a result of their dependent status; they should apply for their own work authorization. ​

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.