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Moving to Cape Verde – Full Relocation Guide

Cape Verde, also known as the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island in the Atlantic Ocean where ex-pats settle to experience a good and joyful existence surrounded by beautiful beaches, breathtaking landscapes, valleys, lush vegetation, and diverse animal wildlife.

Praia, the island’s capital, offers superb housing options as well as career opportunities in a variety of fields. The Cape Verde Islands have grown in popularity among British, Irish, and European tourists who are more inclined to travel to Cape Verde directly. Portuguese, creole, and English are the most widely spoken languages in the area. It also houses the island’s commercial, tourism, and fishing operations. Many investments and infrastructures are attracted to Praia’s tourism attractions.

If your firm is considering expanding to Cape Verde, you’ll likely want to hire local talent as well as a few trustworthy employees who are ready to relocate with the company. However, it is your responsibility as the employer to ensure that they have the necessary visas and work permits before they can begin working in Cape Verde.

Types of Visas in Cape Verde

Cape Verde, like any other country, has processes that foreign nationals must follow if they wish to visit. Citizens of many nations, including the United States, are permitted to visit the country as tourists and remain for up to 30 days without requiring a visa. The following visa categories are available for longer stays:

Tourist visas: This form of visa permits the holder to stay in Cape Verde for up to 90 days and can be extended once.

Official, diplomatic, and courtesy visas allow for multiple entries and up to 30 days of stay.

Transit visas allow foreign citizens to transit through Cape Verde on their way to another country’s destination. A transit visa is valid for four days and can be extended once.

Temporary visas are issued to foreign citizens who intend to visit Cape Verde for a variety of reasons, including cultural travel, short-term professional engagement, and other reasons determined by immigration authorities. There are single-entry and multiple-entry visas available.

Foreigners in specific circumstances, such as those who plan to work for a local business, can also apply for a resident visa in Cape Verde.

Requirements to Obtain Cape Verde Work Visas

Foreign nationals must submit the following documents to get a resident and work visa in Cabo Verde:

  1. A passport that is valid and has at least one blank page for the entrance stamp,
  2. A passport photo was taken recently,
  3. An application form that has been filled out completely,
  4. An employment contract with a Cape Verdean corporation,
  5. Evidence of lodging in Cape Verde.

Because visa requirements differ by the embassy, applicants should contact the nearest diplomatic mission for a complete and up-to-date list. Additional requirements could include a statement of intent to leave Cape Verde once the work contract expires or proof of the applicant’s financial ability to cover all trip expenses.

Although there is no formal citizenship by investment program in Cape Verde, the legislation allows for citizenship to be granted to anybody who invests a significant amount of money in the country. The law makes no mention of specific investment quantities. Normally, a significant investment of 200,000 EUR is considered adequate for a successful citizenship application. On the same investment, family members (wife and children) can also obtain citizenship. Your investment structure may be influenced by your specific circumstances. You can buy a residence in Boa Vista, Sal, or Santiago and seek citizenship if you are retired. If you’re an active individual, you’ll be expected to make an investment that employs at least ten people in your community.

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