Immigration to Malawi and its visa types
Malawi is known to be home to some of the friendliest people and is fondly known as “The Warm Heart of Africa”. It is also the destination in which you would find the 9th largest lake in the world, Lake Malawi.
Due to it’s small population of only around an estimate of 12.5 million people and the fact that it is fairly “unknown” in the world of “hot tourism destinations”, it allows for a chance to take in the beautiful country without being too overly crowded by many other people. There are many great aspects about Malawi, such as a low crime rate, it’s politically stable and affords great business opportunity in various sectors.
Information pertaining to visas and permits for Malawi
The permit will allow the applicant permission to legally reside within the country whilst visiting family or business establishments. It is valid for 30 days and can be extended to 60 days.
• Can be applied for in the applicant’s country of origin or at an entry port of Malawi
• Applicant must have all necessary related documentation as well as fees associated with it
The Temporary Visa allows prohibited persons to enter, travel and reside within the country whilst complying with conditions as stated by the Minister.
• Application is made through the related Minister via the Chief Immigration Officer
Temporary residence permit
The Temporary Residence Permit can be applied for by individuals who possess a valid Visitor/Business permit and must have resided within the country for a period of at least 90days with plausible reason why they should apply
• Associated application and documentation should be sent to the Regional Offices and Headquarters
• If application is approved the associated fees will need to be paid
Temporary employee permit
The Temporary Employee Permit is applied for within the foreign national’s country of origin and applicable to be able to work legally in the country. The permit is for individuals who employed by a Malawian company or organisation. The permit can be renewed but the applicant must ensure to apply for renewal 3 months prior to the expiration date.
• The organisation or company employing the applicant is responsible to acquire all the necessities to compile the official documents and send it to the Headquarters or Regional Immigration Offices to be processed.
• If the applicant applies for the permit in their own capacity they will need to send the application along with necessary documentations to the TEP Approval Committee after that it will be sent to the Minister for approval. If the applicant’s application is approved the individual will be informed whether approved or rejected.
• If the application is approved the applicant will be given 30 days to pay the associated fees
The Business Permit allows the applicant to do business within the country for personal gain or be employed in a profession, be self-employed or be in a partnership. For immigration to Malawi to conduct business, individuals can apply if they wish to invest in mining, agriculture, fishing, tourism, finance or other sectors. The permit can be renewed.
• Applicant must have the required capital and proof thereof in order to commence application
• Application along with associated documentation must be sent to the Regional Immigration Offices or Immigration Headquarters
• If the applicant applies in their own capacity the application will be sent the Minister await approval or rejection
• Associated fees must be paid within 30 days if the application is approved
Other permits include:
• Permanent residence permit
• Student permit
The various visas for Malawi are obtainable through the services of Visafrican – get in touch with us today.