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Powered By RSM: Five Questions About Different Types of Visas Whose Answers Can Make All the Difference to You and Your Organisation or Company

Powered By RSM: Five Questions About Different Types of Visas Whose Answers Can Make All the Difference to You and Your Organisation or Company

  • Ágata Chiconela • Head of Legal at RSM Mozambique

Are you a foreigner and would like to work in Mozambique? Or are you an entrepreneur and would like to understand how your company should go about hiring a foreign worker? And what types of visas are there for those who want to do business, invest or stay legally in the country?

In this Business Consultancy Powered by RSM, we answer some of these questions, some of which have been answered, while others still need to be clarified by many professionals, companies and organisations.

What are the most commonly requested types of visa to enter Mozambique?

There are several visa options for entering Mozambique. Let’s take a look:

a) Residence – Granted to foreign nationals who intend to settle in Mozambique. The holder must enter the country and apply for a residence permit, which is why it is valid for a single entry and stay for a period of 30 days, extendable to 60. Unlike other visas, it can be extended to the holder’s dependent incapacitated children, as well as their spouse.

b) Sports and Cultural Activities – Allows the holder to enter Mozambique to take part in sports competitions or cultural demonstrations.

c) Tourist – This visa is granted to foreign citizens travelling to Mozambique for tourist or recreational purposes and their stay is limited to 90 days.

d) Transit – This visa is granted to foreign citizens who have to enter the country to reach their destination country, which is why it is granted for a period of no more than seven days and its granting depends on the presentation of the visa from the destination country.

e) Visitor – This is granted whenever the purposes presented by the foreign national are accepted by the competent authorities and do not justify the granting of another type of visa. It is valid for a minimum of 15 days, extendable to a maximum of 90.

f) Fronteira – this is issued to foreign citizens coming from a country where there is an Embassy or Consular Representation of the Republic of Mozambique, for tourism purposes or who for duly substantiated reasons have been unable to apply for the respective visa. It is currently valid for two entries and allows the holder to stay for 30 days, which cannot be extended, from the date of first entry into Mozambique (it does not allow the holder to obtain a residence permit or a work permit).

g) Student – This is valid for 12 months, which can be extended, and is granted in cases where the foreign national has to enter Mozambique with the aim of attending an officially recognised educational establishment.

What type of visa should I apply for if I just want to do business in Mozambique?

A business visa is granted to a foreign citizen travelling to Mozambique with the aim of prospecting for business, carrying out research, taking part in meetings, conferences, workshops, general meetings, establishing contacts with companies and other related events, and does not entitle the holder to work or reside in Mozambique.

The business visa is granted by the diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Mozambique or the crossing points and is valid for multiple entries, allowing the holder to stay for up to 90 days, which cannot be extended, from the date of first entry.

What if you want to stay in the country after this period?

In that case, the ideal option would be the work visa, which is designed to allow its holder to enter national territory in order to carry out, temporarily, a paid or unpaid professional activity in the interests of the State or on behalf of others.

It allows the holder multiple entries and stays until the end of the employment contract, and the employer must communicate any changes that occur during the term of the contract, which is why the work visa entitles its holder to dedicate themselves exclusively to the service of the employer who applied for it.

In the event of cancellation of the visa or termination of the employment relationship, the employer is responsible for paying all the costs of repatriating the foreign national.

“A business visa is granted to a foreign national travelling to Mozambique with the aim of prospecting for business, carrying out research, taking part in meetings, conferences…”

And if you want to invest in Mozambique, is there a specific visa for this activity?

Yes, there is. It is only granted to foreign investors, representatives, attorneys or board members of the investing company and is intended to allow the holder to enter Mozambique for the purpose of implementing investment projects with a value of 500,000 US dollars or more, approved by the competent authority, provided that the visa is in line with the legal formalities for hiring workers of foreign nationality.

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  • Outside the country, it is granted by Diplomatic Representations;
  • When inside the country, it is granted by the National Migration Service by means of an Investment Authorisation Document (or Investment Certificate) issued by APIEX – Agência para a Promoção de Investimento e Exportações (Agency for the Promotion of Investment and Exports).

The Investment Activity Visa allows its holder multiple entries and a stay of up to two years for investment projects worth 500,000 US dollars or more and five years for investment projects worth 50 million US dollars or more or equivalent, extendable for the same period, for as long as the reasons for granting it persist.

The investment activity visa allows its holder multiple entries and a stay of up to two years

Foreign nationals holding an investment activity visa can apply for a residence permit valid for two years for investment projects worth 500,000 US dollars or more and five years for investment projects worth 50 million US dollars or more, renewable for the same period for as long as the reasons for granting it persist.

The documents are submitted to the Mozambican diplomatic representations in the applicant’s country of origin or residence or to the National Migration Service, and the process must be processed within seven working days.

Do I always have to keep in touch with the authorities if I change my employer or address?

Yes. For their safety and to fully maintain their rights, as well as those of the country itself, whenever a foreign national changes their address, they must notify Migration at least eight days in advance so that the new address can be duly registered. But that’s not all: whenever a foreign national leaves the country for more than 90 days, they must request authorisation. And any change in the identification details or personal status of the foreign national must be notified within 30 days of its occurrence.

The information contained in this article is general, taken from Mozambique’s General Law and serves only as a guide so that, in the context of your professional or business activity, you can ask RSM for further information on some of these issues from our professionals.

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