Virginia, US

Angola

If your company is sending employees to Angola—Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Angola, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible. 

Angolan law provides many solutions to help employers of foreign nationals.  Requirements, processing times, employment eligibility, and benefits for accompanying family members vary by visa classification.

Consular officers issuing visas at Angolan diplomatic posts and immigration officers at the port of entry have significant discretion when determining whether travel to Angola as a business visitor is appropriate and allowable. Ordinary visas can be extended twice in-country; once for 30 days and another time for another 30 days. The total allowable stay in-country is up to 90 days.

The primary category of work authorization is the work visa/work permit. It can be granted for up to 36 months and is generally granted in 12-month increments. There are six types of work authorization in Angola: (i) employees of a government entity or state-owned company, (ii) independent service providers or individuals involved in sports or the arts, (iii) employees in the oil, mining and construction industries (Classification C), (iv) employees in the trade, fisheries, shipping and aviation industries, (v) employees covered by cooperation agreements, (vi) all remaining occupations not covered by the above.  A local employer in Angola must enter into an employment contract with the foreign worker. Same-sex spouses and opposite-sex partners do not qualify as dependents of a principal applicant.

Note that the process of obtaining work authorization in Angola is characterized by frequent change and strict timelines. There is a lack of transparency and consistency in both process and decision making.  Process breakdowns and noncompliance can have severe repercussions not just for the application, but for the individual and company as well.

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