Corporate immigration is a complex process. Successfully planning for and implementing corporate immigration in Africa can be particularly challenging. The continent’s historical conflicts, economic equalities, infrastructure challenges and cultural and linguistic diversity can present additional obstacles for international corporate mobility managers. Despite this, Africa is an attractive corporate immigration destination, due to its abundant natural and primary energy resources, thriving agricultural sectors and more recently, increased technological development.

In the video above, our CEO discusses typical corporate immigration challenges in Africa and provides five pieces of invaluable advice to companies looking to send their employees to work in Africa.

Challenges and Advice

1:  Corporations often leave immigration administration to the last minute. Many African countries struggle with visa processing delays. This, combined with compliance checks, professional body certifications and identifying local understudies can contribute to unpredictable lead times.

Plan the immigration aspect of your mobility policy and identify potential assignees at least six months in advance to avoid delays and possible rejection.

2: During the planning phase, keep in mind that most African countries require local employment.

Corporates who don’t have local branches in Africa can make use of an Employer of Record company but this involves taxation and compliance issues that need to be considered.

3: Executing an effective global mobility policy requires that corporations develop a thorough understanding of immigration law, international employment laws and bilateral tax agreements.

Access to reliable, updated information on African immigration policies is limited and often outdated. If your corporation does not have the experience or knowledge described here, collaborate with a firm that has knowledge of the African immigration framework and a high case volume linked to a high success rate.

4: Communicating with African immigration authorities can be difficult. Choose an immigration partner that prioritises fast, comprehensive communication and has developed a strong vendor network.

5: Many African countries do not recognise life partnerships and same-sex couples. Take this into account when planning your assignee’s corporate immigration journey.

While corporate immigration into Africa may seem daunting, choosing a leading local immigration partner can ease the burden for international corporates considerably.

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