Immigration to the DRC
The Democratic Republic of Congo is also known as DRC, DR Congo or Congo. There are plenty of job opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo especially for skilled expats. Immigration to the Democratic Republic of Congo may be an intricate process but with the aid of our professionals at Visafrican, we can assist you in doing so.
Congo was a country once riddled with oppression and difficulties, but in recent years has managed to mend some of its wounds where these are concerned. Even though there remain tensions with government and rebels from other countries, Congo continues to try and rise above the negative aspects such as poverty, disease, and other disadvantages.
The following applies to permits/visas for the DRC:
What Permits Are Granted?
The Democratic Republic of Congo has 2 types of visas which allow expats or immigrants to be able to live in the country for a set period of time. When deciding on commencing immigration to the Democratic Republic of Congo it’s important that the correct papers are in order to do so.
Visa De Voyage – Valid for 6 months only
The visa can be applied for by the applicant within their country of origin or via the DRC embassy. The Visa is suitable for brief stays in the country such as working on the maintenance of machinery, business meetings, or training. The visa is also used as a means to legally enter the country so that the applicant can apply for a work permit. The processing period is an estimate 7 working days.
Quota Work and Residence Permit (Carte du Travail) – Valid for 1 to 2 years and is renewable
The permit allows the individual to work and reside within the country.
- Only highly qualified individuals are able to receive this permit, but are required to be in the country for the application process.
- A French sworn translator will translate all the official documentation.
- We will assist in the application process for the visa De Voyage that allows the applicant access into the country so that he/she can commence applying for the Quota Work and Residence Permit.
- All documentation will be prepared in South Africa and then sent to the DRC where our partners will further process so that the application will be ready for the next stage. The applicant can also choose to take all the documentation with to the DRC and meet with our partners to continue the process.
- The Minister of Labour will authorise the documentation.
- The applicant should also apply for an Expats Workers Card (Carte Du Travail)
- After receiving authorization our partners will collect the endorsement and then follow the next step to apply for residence permit at the Department of Immigrations.
- If the applicant intends to move in and out of the country, a Visa Sotir et Retour-an exit and entry endorsement to allow official access in and out the country should be applied for. If the applicant does not have this permit they will not be allowed to leave DRC and will have to remain within the country throughout the duration of their work permit.
- Time to process this visa is 3-4 months; hence we apply for the 6 month visa to allow adequate time in-between.
Immigration to the Democratic Republic of Congo could mean the applicant chooses to apply for the permit via a body within the Democratic Republic of Congo via sponsors. If so, fees will be incurred and may be higher due to management and overseeing of several aspects such as:
- Professional indemnity
- Personal liability insurance
- Taxes and social securities
The individual has the freedom to open a bank account in DRC or use their foreign bank account.
If AFGRI applies for the work permit under and entity appointed in the DRC by the individual, or if the Ministry of Agriculture chooses to directly employ the applicant, we are still able to assist by facilitating payroll and insurance, as well as immigration to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Business visa – Valid for 3 months
- Tourist Visa – Valid for3 months
- Diplomatic Visa – Valid for 1 year
Contact Visafrican and let us assist you with your endeavours for immigration to the Demogratic Republic of Congo.