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Immigration support for hiring expats in Mozambique via PEO

Global expansion is often linked with foreign hiring. This may require knowing the labor code of a foreign country, in-country incorporation peculiarities or immigration procedure in case of expats hiring.
If you are already hiring or planning to onboard expatriates for your international projects in Mozambique, there is a range of things that you need to consider:

  • HR compliance
  • How to get a work permit or visa so that foreigners are eligible to work in Mozambique
  • Timelines to get a permit or visa
  • How to payroll expats after the permits have been received
  • Whether it makes sense to open and keep your own business entity to employ expats directly

A global PEO or Employer of Record solution with immigration support might be a viable alternative to direct hiring of expats on your own company in Mozambique. This solution gives companies freedom from the need to keep the entity in the country while employing expats in full compliance with Mozambique labor legislation. Immigration support is part of a PEO service that precedes the employment. As a PEO service provider, Acumen International can sponsor a work permit and then employ an expat in Mozambique on the client’s behalf.

Note: having one provider that sponsors a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs expats in Mozambique, minimizes risks of visa rejection and takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to work overseas.

Our ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution is designed for employer companies that want to transfer selected expats to Mozambique or individuals whose employers are ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country. The service is mainly used by companies hiring highly skilled personnel and willing to retain them by offering employee status and providing employee benefits.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, Acumen International can provide extra benefits in addition to work permit and employment of expats in Mozambique. This includes medical insurance, housing, office rent, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, etc.

Focus on your primary business goals and let us take care of the work permit and immigration in Mozambique for you. Use our all-in-one solution:

  1. For long-term assignments in Mozambique, allowing to payroll and manage expats with full legal compliance without a legal entity
  2. As an interim solution before incorporating in the country

Solution for global mobility of expats in Mozambique

Acumen International will guide you through a grueling immigration procedure and will help you immediately onboard and payroll expats after they have received a work permit or visa. Use our global mobility and PEO solution to staff any international assignments in Mozambique without the pitfalls and financial risks associated with hiring expatriate personnel there.

With our expertise in expats immigration and employment, we offer a comprehensive solution to ensure that your international employees get their work permits within the standard duration of the immigration service in Mozambique. Learn more about the timelines requirements for getting a work permit in Mozambique below.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Mozambique takes from 3 to 9 months until entry to Mozambique, and a further 1 to 3 months before the whole process is completed.


Major steps to get a work permit in Mozambique

  1. Certificate of Equivalence Application
  2. Work Permit Communication Submission
  3. Work/Temporary Stay Visa Application
  4. Entry to Mozambique
  5. Temporary Residence Authorization (DIRE) Application
  6. Exit Permit Application (optional)

Documents for work permit in Mozambique, main applicant

NameNotesCopies
Resume/CV (5 years)Showing relevant professional experience and education for at least the last five years.One clear copy
Academic TranscriptA certificate of the completion of subjects and of the study plan reflecting the subjects studied in the course in question, their duration and the results obtained. These should be notarized and authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mozambican Consulate in the country of origin and translated into Portuguese.One notarized, legalized and translated copy; one original
Highest Diploma/DegreeCertificate of completion of the highest academic level. The original should be accompanied by a notarized and authenticated copy (by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mozambican Consulate in the country of origin) and translated into Portuguese.One clear, notarized, legalized and translated copy; one original
High School CertificateWhen applicable, a certificate of completion of secondary school tuition or the equivalent, notarized and authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mozambican Consulate in the country of origin and translated into Portuguese.One clear, notarized, legalized and translated copy; one original
Previous Diploma/DegreeCertificate of completion of the penultimate academic level completed, PRIOR to completing the course for which equivalence is required; This should be notarized and authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mozambican Consulate in the country of origin and translated into Portuguese.One clear, notarized, legalized and translated copy; one original
Thesis/DissertationIn the case of a Masters or Doctoral Degree the original or a photocopy of the dissertation/thesis should be submitted, notarized and authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mozambican Consulate in the country of origin. The dissertation/thesis does NOT require translation into Portuguese, and will be returned to the applicant.One clear, notarized, legalized and translated copy; one original
Application Form (Equivalence Certificate)One original
Letter Requesting Equivalence CertificateA letter addressed to His Excellency Minister of Education, in Portuguese, requesting the equivalence certificateOne original
Certified Copy of Passport/ID Document or DIRECopies of every page of the passport, or of the ID document or DIRE, certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mozambican Consulate in country of origin or last residence.One certified copy; one original
Valid Work VisaThe applicant’s valid Work Visa should be available for presentation (for nationals not from African Development Community Austral (SADC) countries). Or, if the Work Visa is not yet available, the documents should be submitted by the entity where he/she will be working.One original
Police Clearance with LegalisationPolice clearance certificate from the applicant’s country of origin/residence (if the applicant has been a resident for over two years) issued within the 90 days immediately preceding the application. This certificate must be legalized in the country of issuance and translated into Portuguese by an official translator.Two legalized originals; one translated copy
Certified Copy of PassportCopies of every page of the passport, certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mozambican Consulate in country of origin or last residence.One clear and certified copy
Resume/CVShowing relevant professional experience and education, in Portuguese.One clear copy
Educational CertificateA copy of the applicant’s degree or educational qualification, legalized in the country of issuance and translated into Portuguese by an official translator, and submitted to the Ministry of Education for equivalence purposes. Not required in the case of company shareholders/managing partners.One legalized copy
Professional CertificateCertificate proving professional qualifications legalized in the country of issuance and translated into Portuguese by an official translator. Not required in the case of company shareholders/managing partners.One translated copy
2 Passport Photographs 3.5cm x 4.5cm3.5cm x 4.5cm, in color, with a white background. Face forward, mouth closed, eyes open.Two originals
Passport valid for 6 months, with 4 blank pagesThe passport must have at least 4 blank visa pages and be valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry into the country.One original
Mozambican Visa Application FormCompleted and signed application form.One original
Mozambican Visa Application FeeFees vary depending on processing time and validity requested, and according to consular post. Fees would be approximately 135USD for standard processing time to approximately 180USD for expedited processing.One original
Copy of Passport Information PageOne clear copy
Form Requesting Residency Permit (DIRE)Standard form requesting the Residency Permit (DIRE) provided by the Department of Immigration, completed with the employee’s details and signed by the employeeOne original
Power of Attorney (Personal)Signed power of attorney if using a third party for application filing and collection.One original

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Mozambique without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Mozambique.

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