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MOZAMBIQUE – Recruitment Agencies May Not Hire Foreign Nationals on Behalf of Third Parties

According to a notice issued on 17 September 2014 by the Immigration Labour Directorate, Provincial Labour Directorates in Mozambique have been instructed not to accept work permit applications for foreign nationals submitted by private recruitment agencies for the purpose of transfer to third party employers in Mozambique. This regulation has been in place since 2001 but has not been strictly enforced to this point.

Recruitment agencies can now only hire foreign nationals to cover their own staffing needs in Mozambique and not on behalf of their clients.

Note that as Mozambique has just held national elections further amendments may be forthcoming.

Action Points

  • Ensure that foreign national workers are hired directly by the host entity and not by recruitment agencies.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maputo Relocation and Moving On Mozambique.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.