There are various factors, steps, and phases involved in the application approval process, for instance:
Place of submission: Visa applications must be filed with the relevant Angolan mission in the applicant’s home country.
Note: Specific requirements may be determined per mission. It’s advisable first to visit the mission and request the application forms and checklists applicable to your visa before you begin to apply.
Approval turnaround time: Processing applications for an ordinary Angolan visa usually takes around eight working days. Short-term visas are issued within two working days.
Long-term work permits, privileged visas, and related temporary stay visas are supposed to be issued within two to three months. However, it often takes longer than that.
Which government bodies are involved? The Angolan Immigration Service (SME) is involved as all visa applications are referred to the department by the missions before any Angolan visas are issued.
The ministry overseeing the company’s relevant sector (for example, mining) is also
involved as it must authorise or recommend hiring a foreign national before the work visa application can be accepted.
The National Private Investment Agency (ANIP) is involved with applications for privileged
visas, as it must issue a recommendation regarding the investment and business plan.