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Democratic Republic of the Congo

If your company is sending employees to the Democratic Republic of the Congo—Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in the 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. 

The immigration system of the Democratic Republic of Congo provides many solutions to help employers of foreign nationals.  Requirements, processing times, employment eligibility, and benefits for accompanying family members vary by visa classification.

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s immigration system does not specifically provide for business visits. However, the immigration authorities will generally allow foreign nationals to enter the country with an ordinary visa and engage in some basic business activities without work authorization for up to 30 days. Ordinary visas are valid for stays of up to six months, are available for single, double or multiple entries, based on the traveler’s needs, and can be extended. Should the business visit require more than one month, work authorization should be applied for.

For work assignments of up to 360 days with a continuous stay of under 180 days each, foreign nationals use work authorization known as the Settlement Visa for Work (Special Category), which is obtained after arriving with an ordinary visa. At the same time, the applicant should obtain a “go-in/go-out” visa what will allow for multiple exits and reentries.  For assignments over 360 days, a long-term work authorization, known as Settlement Visa for Work, is used. Note that a foreign national must first obtain a Work Card for Foreign Employees and be placed on Congolese payroll to obtain for work authorization for more than 360 days. The Settlement Visa for Work is valid up to two years and also serves as a residence permit.

Note that there is little or no transparency in the immigration process. Also, all foreign nationals seeking to enter the Democratic Republic of Congo require a Yellow Fever vaccination.

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