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WELCOME TO ANGOLA

This resource rich country, one of Africa’s major oil producers is also one of the world’s poorest countries. Today it is facing the daunting tasks of rebuilding its infrastructure and tackling the physical, social and political legacy that has been marred by the 27-year long war.

 

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Land: Angola is located on the southwestern coast of Africa facing the South Atlantic Ocean, with a coastline that is 1,650 Km long. The country borders with Congo-Brazzaville at the Northern province of Cabinda, that is separated from rest of country by the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaïre) to the North and East, Zambia to the East, and Namibia to the South. The terrain is made up of a narrow coastal plan that rises abruptly to a vast inland plateau with an elevated interior, the upland region forms one of Africa’s largest watersheds.

 

History: Small groups of hunters were the first to inhabit the region of present day Angola but later on Bantu speaking people migrated into the area from the north and thus established some of the largest and most centralized kingdoms in Central Africa. The Portuguese initially maintained peaceful relations but upon the arrival of the slave traders they became more intrusive and violent. Colonial rule lasted until November 11, 1975, when Angola achieved independence. Despite sporadic fighting , most commonly between government forces and separatist groups in the oil-rich Cabinda enclave, the country has now embarked upon the monumental task of reconstruction.

 

People: Angolans are mostly of Bantu ethnic heritage and have four large ethic groups: Ovimbundu, Kimbundu, Bakongo and The Luanda and Chokwe. Angola is a vibrant place with friendly, cosmopolitan Angolans. Today, about 40,000 Portuguese live in Angola, constituting the largest foreign population.

 

Language: The official language is Portuguese and is used by the government, in schools, and by people throughout the country.

 

Economy: With high rates of annual growth of GDP, Angola is experiencing an economic boom and has become the focus of attention of the international community. The International Monetary Fund has given Angola the position of the fastest growing economy in the world, this is mostly driven by mining sectors (diamonds) and oil. In 2003 the Central Bank of Angola used its foreign exchange reserves to buy the national currency out of circulation which had a catalytic effect on the reduction of inflation. Recently the legal system was modified to more fully accommodate an increase of free-market concepts. Thanks to its abundance of natural resources and vast offshore reserves, it has been ranked as third of new discoveries of oil, after Iran and Saudi Arabia. Despite such wealth, about five million people live in shantytowns around Luanda, the capital city, without clean water or electricity.

 

Climate: Semiarid in the south and along the coast to Luanda. North has a cool dry season (May to October) and a hot rainy season (November to April). Natural hazards are locally heavy rainfall, which causes periodic flooding.

Angola may sadly be more famous for its landmines than for its natural beauty, its almost virgin wildlife parks and Africa’s second largest waterfall. Despite its renowned issues, the country still holds a lure that few other places can match. Angola is a vibrant country inhabited by friendly locals that are open to foreigners.

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The capital: The capital and largest city of Angola is Luanda. Located on the “island” peninsula, it overlooks the South Atlantic Ocean and is an excellent natural harbor and a major sea port. The city of Luanda is divided into two parts, the baixa (old city) and the cidade alta (new sector) where an ancient Portuguese fort remains from colonial days overlooking not only the ocean but the entire city. There is much architectural history in Luanda and the old city situated next to the port is a maze of narrow streets and old colonial buildings. A beautification project called Urbana 2000 has recently begun with the aim of beautifying and cleaning up the city’s image.

 

Main expatriate destination cities: Luanda was recently nominated the most-expensive city in the world for expatriates. This together with a booming oil industry has created a wealthy elite community which in turn has inflated the local cost of living. The city is well serviced, and even though outages do occur, running water is available throughout much of the city and its suburbs. Heavy air pollution is a problem, and many inhabitants suffer from allergies and sinus problems as a result.

 

Main foreign investors: The Angolan government has implemented many incentives to attract foreign capital into the country and to encourage economical development; such as exemption from custom tariffs, taxes and industrial capital gains. As a result the country has undergone a wave of development, and an impressive boom in property construction has led to public and private buildings being built by companies of various nationalities, as well as international business consortiums. The main trading partner of Angola is the United States and there are many investors from Asia, Europe and Latin America.

 

Expatriate living: As with all countries within Africa, Angola presents a unique set of challenges for expatriates : heavy traffic in the capital city, uncollected rubbish, poor telephone service, as well as the country’s social institutions and infrastructure can prove frustrating for an expatriate. Landmines and impassable roads have cut off large parts of the country and made them inaccessible and when travelling out of the main populated area, it is advisable to seek local advice and follow it carefully.

 

Luanda has suitable residential property of expatriate standard as well as International Schools that provide instruction in the English language for children of all ages. Other supported languages in Luanda are French and Portuguese.

 

Cultural Awareness: Ample opportunities to get acquainted with Angola’s local culture exist as it’s not uncommon for visitors to be invited into homes of locals for a traditional meal. The majority of people in Luanda dress in “Western” style clothing and there are no specific taboos regarding dress code. As Portuguese is the official language, a working knowledge of Portuguese is helpful and a great advantage in business transactions. French and Spanish are also useful.

 

Leisure activities and opportunities: Social functions tend to be casual in the expatriate community. Formal entertainment is limited in Luanda and most people dine out for pleasure, but restaurants are expensive by U.S standards.

 

The French and Portuguese communities hold cultural programs periodically which are open to all. Around Luanda there are numerous beautiful beaches that are popular with water sports enthusiasts and families alike.

Prepare and Plan Visit
In this initial contact the Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee, introducing destination services commissioned, and provide access codes to EMC Network on-line City-Specific Resource Guides. In addition, the Relocation Coordinator will help the Transferee assess personal and family’s housing needs, as well as their hopes and plans for the sojourn in your new destination. The Transferee will be asked to fill out a Personal Needs Analysis Form, which will enable customized service delivery. After gaining a sense of the Transferee’s needs, the Relocation Coordinator will arrange appointments with schools and real estate agents, an appointment will be set up with one of the Local Counsellors for a city briefing and a programme will be finalised for accompanied property and school viewings.

 

Airport Pickup and Greeting The Transferee and family will be met at the airport by a Local Counsellor and accompanied to designated hotel.

 

Destination Country and City Information
The Transferee will be given a briefing on the local city and life in your new destination in general, and will be encouraged to ask any questions. An Information Pack on the destination city will be provided. This Pack includes an information sheet with the EMC Network office and Local Counsellor contact information and emergency telephone numbers. Further, it includes a city and transport map as well as a hard copy of EMC Network own City-Specific Resource Guide, which contains a wealth of information such as telephone access codes, English-speaking doctors and expatriate clubs. When available, a copy of the English Yellow Pages, local English language periodicals and other relevant information will also be included in the Information Pack.

 

auto-europe-driving-informationCity by Zone Tour
The purpose of this tour is to familiarise the Transferee with selected areas of the city and type of housing and amenities available, in order to be better prepared to select the neighbourhood most suitable for personal and family needs. The City By Zone Tour is often delivered in conjunction with a house hunting programme.

 

International Schooling The Transferee will be briefed on educational opportunities in the area. The Relocation Coordinator will schedule appointments at the selected schools, and the Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged appointments although the appointments will be privately held between the Transferee and school administrators. Where possible, the Relocation Coordinator will organise enrolment procedure and arrange for company invoicing.

 

Full-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to eight properties.

 

Two-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to fifteen properties.

 

Lease Negotiation After the Transferee has selected a property, the Relocation Coordinator will negotiate lease conditions with the real estate agency or landlord according to The national destination law. EMC Network coordinator will prepare a contract that ensures legal protection for the client. Particular attention is given to include a break clause, as international assignments often change in duration and the aim is to give maximum flexibility within the limits of the national destination law.

 

bigstock-Real-Estate-Home-Inspection-Re-20778977Property Inspection and Inventory Once the lease has been signed, a thorough property inspection is taken in the presence of the Transferee. This includes an inventory of any furnishings, general condition of the property, and meter readings for utility contracts.

 

Utility Connections, Phone Line and Bank Account The Relocation Coordinator will arrange all utility and telephone connections, and a Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to open a bank account in the selected area.

 

Settling-In Assistance The Local Counsellor will spend time with the Transferee and family, assisting with requested elements of the relocation process, such as arranging language training, obtaining a satellite decoder or internet service provider, shopping for furniture or securing house contents insurance. Duration of this service depends on various company authorizations.

 

Car Purchase or Lease The Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee on the logistics of making an automobile purchase and will research reputable dealers in the area. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to dealers and act as a translator. Once the Transferee has made the selection, EMC Network will take care of necessary documentation including insurance cover. For long-term rental EMC Network will advise local availability of this service.

 

Local Registration
If the Transferee requests, and is eligible, the Local Counsellor will assist with National Health Registration. City hall registration is a separate service and if authorizied, EMC Network will assist with the whole bureaucratic procedure at the relative cityhall.

 

Closeup of a call center employee with headset at workplaceOngoing Phone Support The EMC Network support Helpline is available to all Transferees for 90 days from date of property contract signing. Extensions to this Helpline can be added in periods of three months.

 

Car Importation Importation of car to your new destination, including full document assistance and re-registration with Vehicle registry.

 

Full Assignment Tracking Full tracking of all deadlines throughout duration of the Transferees international assignment, notification given of all scheduled renewal dates, such as housing contracts, Permit of Stay and Work Permits. Ad Hoc Services Service rendered both from back and front office is available on an hourly and daily basis.

Angola Immigration Services

All foreigners wishing to work in Angola need a Work Visa/Permit. An application for a Work Permit/ is made on behalf of the employing Company at the Immigration Department in Luanda (Serviço de Migração e Estrangeiros) through an Angola Embassy.

WORK PERMIT / WORK VISA (VISTO DE TRABALHO)
– Prepare and procure all documentation
– Present on behalf of Corporate to relevant Government office
– Follow through
– Advise Transferee when Permit is ready
– Collect Permit

RESIDENCE PERMIT (AUTORIZAÇÃO DE PERMANÊNCIA)
– Prepare and procure all documentation
– Accompany Transferee to Immigration Police for registration
– Follow through
– Advise Transferee when Permit is ready
– Collect Permit

RESIDENCE PERMIT (EU):
– Prepare and procure all documentation
– Present with Power of Attorney when possible
– Accompany Transferee when presence required
– Follow through
– Accompany Transferee to collect released Permit

ACCOMPANYING FAMILY MEMBERS:
– Prepare and procure all documentation – Present application
– Follow through
– Collect Permit

 

For more info about our immigration services in Angola please contact our marketing department at: info@emcnetwork.com

Luanda angolaResource guide:

Luanda, formerly named São Paulo da Assunção de Loanda, is the capital and largest city of Angola, in Southern Africa. Located on Angola’s coast with the Atlantic Ocean, Luanda is both Angola’s chief seaport and its administrative center. It has a metropolitan population of over 5 million. It is also the capital city of Luanda Province, and the world’s third most populous Portuguese-speaking city, behind only São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, both in Brazil, and the most populous Portuguese-speaking capital in the world, ahead of Brasília, Maputo and Lisbon.

 

Luanda is divided into two parts, the Baixa de Luanda (lower Luanda, the old city) and the Cidade Alta (upper city or the new part). The Baixa de Luanda is situated next to the port, and has narrow streets and old colonial buildings. However, massive new constructions have by now covered large areas beyond these traditional limits, and a number of previously independent nuclei — like Viana — were incorporated into the city.

Angola FAQ - Housing
What can I expect to find in an unfurnished, a semi-furnished or a furnished property?

Unfurnished properties will have no furniture whatsoever.

Semi furnished properties will include some basic furniture.

Fully furnished properties will have all basic furniture plus appliances (please note a dishwasher is not a standard appliance).

What sort of flexibility will I have to negotiate rent or furnishings?

There is some flexibility as regards furnishings but little on price – it is always worth trying to negotiate though.

How many properties will I be shown?

This depends on the HTLC Newtork package you have; Our Basic Package includes 8 properties and our Extended Package include 15 properties. You will be told at the outset how many properties you will be shown or how much time you have available to do the house hunting. The properties provided will be as close to your ‘Needs Analysis’ description as possible according to what is available on the market at the time.

How can I secure a property that I choose?

Some agencies require a holding deposit to secure a property, others do not.

What costs are involved in renting a property?

Usual payment due to the Real Estate agency is 1 months rent for every 6 months of rental contract, so 2 months for an annual contract. This is usually paid by the landlord although some agencies require also payment from tenant.

 

A security deposit is not usually required as rental payment is made up front.

What other expenses should I expect to pay?

For properties within condominiums there are expenses that the local administration will charge monthly. Those charges will differ from one condominium to another.

What is the process flow to rent a property?

When an agreement has been reached, the contract is signed in 3 copies and payment is made according to specifics of the contract.

A detailed inventory is always taken upon move in.

What chance do I have of receiving my full deposit back when I leave the property?

A security deposit is not usually required.

What responsibility do I have as a tenant towards maintenance of the property ?

Generally small items of maintenance come under the tenant, larger under the responsibility of the landlord, this will be specified in the lease contract.

Can i make any changes to the property?

Only with written consent of the landlord.

What if I need to break the lease early?

This can be done but as payment is made up front for the rental period, there is no refund of monies already paid.

Angola FAQ - Utilities
What utility expenses will I have to pay?

Utilities to be paid by a tenant include : electricity, bottled gas, water and telephone if there is a landline to the property.

How are these accounts charged?

Bills are usually kept in the name of the landlord and sent to the property address on a monthly basis. Usually a representative of the utility company in question brings the bills to the property.

 

Gas is only available on 12kg bottle and must be bought in gas stations.( nb: the price of the bottle empty is around U$200,00 and to fill it the price is AKZ1.500,00).

Will I be able to get Satellite TV?

Yes. This is available.

What documents do i need to install a telephone line?

Telephone lines remain in the name of the landlord so there is no need for a foreigner to make application.

How long do i have to wait for my telephone line?

After application has been made ( by landlord ) it usually takes 1-2 weeks for installation.

How will i be billed?

Monthly, directly to the property.

Angola FAQ - Driving
Is my licence valid in Angola?

A foreign license is valid in Angola as long as the holder has regular immigration status – be that tourist visa, work permit / residency.

 

It is however recommended to obtain an International license.

For how long can I drive my own car in Angola?

Foreign license plates are not allowed. Imported cars only have a 24h drive permit to go from the port to parking area. Beyond this period the car cannot run until registration is done. ( at DIRECÇÃO NACIONAL DE VIAÇÃO E TRANSITO ).

Can I buy a car?

Yes, as long as immigration compliant a foreigner can purchase a vehicle. After paying for it, a form must be filled in together with the individual/company who sold the vehicle and it must thereafter be registered.

Angola FAQ - Work Permit
What documentation is required for workers coming to Angola?

A Work Permit/visa and a residence permit to be approved/issued by the Immigration Department (Serviço de Migração e Estrangeiros).

Shall I be present for application?

We can apply for you whenever possible with a POA.

What about my Family?

Dependant family members can apply for Residency Permit on the basis of being accompanying family members; they do not have the right to work in the country. If they want to work, they’ll require a Work Permit as well.

Angola FAQ - Safety concerns
How can I ensure the security of my family?

It is advisable to source property that has security surveillance, and if not to source this from a private provider. Its also very important to consider the type of area and eventually choose for an interrupt guard service.

Are there any precautions a foreigner must take?

It is advisable to source property that has security surveillance, and if not to source this from a private provider.

Angola FAQ - Health concerns
Do I have to be vaccinated before arriving to Angola?

Not specifically but we advise you check with your embassy before travelling to the country.

Are there any particular health risks in Angola?

Malaria is an ever present risk and suitable precautions should be taken.

Angola FAQ - About HTLC Network
Why should I choose HTLC Network?

* Extensive rapidly growing client list.
* Exclusive partner/representative of many Global Relocation Service Providers.
* Exclusive representative of many International Law and Immigration Firms.
* Quality control guarantee: Head Office directs all relocations and immigrations in every destination.
* All staff required to attend on-going training sessions and workshops to keep updated as to global mobility needs.
* No language barriers – Assistance provided in all major European languages and many others.
* Corporate consultation with HTLC Network’s’ Representatives at location of choice.
* HTLC Network own ‘Resource Guides’ providing a wealth of everyday information for expatlife in destination city.
* Red Alert List to prepare for the specific challenges of each destination.
* Extra ‘Safety’ section in Resource Guides for countries posing specific security threats.
* 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Transferees throughout the duration of the relocation.
* Complimentary 3-month Helpline.

Angola FAQ - For corporate
How does HTLC Network assist with Immigration?

HTLC Network will prepare all the necessary paperwork, email it to the Company and direct as to how the various documents are to be printed out and signed. We will send one of our Local Counsellors with Power of Attorney (Delega) to act on behalf of the individual and company.

 

When the Transferee has to be present to apply for a document, he will be accompanied by our Local Counsellor.

What time scale should be allowed to process Work Permit applications?

When all paper work has been prepared, approved and signed by the relevant companies, it can take 6-8 weeks during which time Italian law states that the expatriate must not be in Italy.

How can we determine a realistic Housing Budget for Transferees?

During HTLC Network’ initial teleconference with the client we go through an in-depth ‘Needs Analysis’ which can include Housing Budget variables for the Destination City. HTLC Network will work with the Company to ensure the workforce locate properties of a suitable standard within the parameters set by corporate policy.

Can the contract be signed in the name of a foreign company?

Legally, yes, as long as it can be proved that the individual who signs the contract has the legal right to sign as a representative of the Company. Many landlords however, will not accept this as it is harder to take a foreign Company to court should there be any missing rent payments or problems. As landlord’s rarely accept a foreign Company signing the lease, it is usually signed by the local company that is VAT registered in Italy.

 

HTLC Network will prepare the contract in the name of a legal representative of the Company. We require full data of the individual, a photocopy of his/her passport ID pages and a photocopy of the Company’ s ‘Camera di Commercio’ demonstrating position within the Company.

 

The prepared contract will be emailed to the appropriate Company contact and instructions will be given on how it is to be printed out and signed. Once signed, one of HTLC Network’ Local Counsellors will collect the contract and deliver it to the real estate agent for the signature of the landlord. A signed copy will be returned to the Company whilst the three copies of the contract are being registered, thereafter a registered copy will be delivered.

 

Arrangements will be made to take a thorough inventory in the presence of the tenant and landlord.

Is it necessary for the Transferee to be present to apply for documents?

For the presentation of document application, it varies from city to city. Wherever possible HTLC Network will prepare power of attorney (Delega) in order for a Local Counsellor to act on behalf of the Transferee and family.

To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.

How can we guarantee all Transferees will receive the same standard of service? (staff relocating to main cities versus more rural areas)

All Local Counsellors are really ‘local’ to the area where they assist Transferees. They are selected for their good knowledge of their city area.

 

To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.

 

All Local Counsellors are trained by HTLC Network to follow our set pattern of delivering services using an in-house ‘Training and Operations Manual’.

 

All Local Counsellors are closely directed by Office Coordinators, ensuring a consistent standard of service is delivered.

How does HTLC Network handle Group Moves?

All relocations are handled by the same system of centralisation. When required, we arrange for a member of our office team to go to the location of a group move to be an in-house Coordinator, working from the Client Company’s premises as a point of reference for HR, Transferees and their families.

 

In main centres we have several Local Counsellors.

What ongoing support is provided for Transferees and families?

HTLC Network aims to equip your workforce to settle into their new environment as soon as possible. Upon arrival they are presented with a local Information Pack. They are given access to our on-line City Specific Resource Guides that provide general local information as well as specific local information once a suitable property has been located.

 

We have a 24hour emergency helpline throughout the duration of the relocation. We provide a 90 day complimentary phone line that can be extended throughout the duration of the assignment.

 

Our aim is to teach the Transferee how to live in his new city and to equip him to be as independent as possible.

Photogallery – Angola

Geography

Area: 1,246,700 sq km
Time Zone: GMT+1
Capital city: Luanda Bordering countries: bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, DR of the Congo (of which 225 km is the boundary of discontiguous Cabinda Province), Republic of the Congo, Namibia , Zambia
Climate: semiarid in south and along coast to Luanda; north has cool, dry season (May to October) and hot, rainy season (November to April)

Government

Stateform: republic; multiparty presidential regim Legislative Branch: unicameral National Assembly or Assembleia Nacional
National Holiday: Independence Day, 11 November (1975) Currency: Kwanza (AOA)

Population

Population: 12,531,357 (July 2008)
Ethnic groups:Ovimbundu, Kimbundu, Bakongo, mestico (mixed European and native African), European, other
Languages: Portuguese (official), Bantu and other African languages
Religion: indigenous beliefs, Roman Catholic, Protestant