working Visa of Cape Verde

Hi Forum..

I'm a Nigerian and I have ECOWAS passport ,I need a details how can I get a working Visa of Cape Verde..I like to move there and get a job.

Welcome to the forum.

Unless you have a specialist skill that no one else in Cape Verde has then you will not find work there.
Unemployment is very high amongst locals so outsiders have no chance.

Go online and do some research.

Hi there,

There is no such thing as a working visa in Cape Verde. What you need is a residency visa if you wish to live and work in Cape Verde. To obtain a residency visa, you must first come to Cape Verde as a tourist from another ECOWAS country. Once you have the visitors visa, you must then find a job. Once you have a job (or start your own company), you can then apply for a residency visa which will allow you to stay anywhere from 90 days to 1 year. The cost is €50. You will then simply renew the residency visa for €50 each time it expires.

As far as jobs, if you do not speak the local language (krioulo) or the official language (Portuguese), you will not get a job EXCEPT in the tourism industry which is centered on the islands of Sal and Boavista. Sal has more infrastructure. It also has many more foreign-owned companies, and more expats. English is the common language spoken among foreigners (tourists and expats) in Sal and Boavista, so since you speak English, Sal is where you should first start looking for a job. There is a lot of information about living and working in Cape Verde which you can find in this guide.

Regards, Angelo 

Lampard111 :

Hi Forum..

I'm a Nigerian and I have ECOWAS passport ,I need a details how can I get a working Visa of Cape Verde..I like to move there and get a job.

Hi Stumpy,

You are right: unemployment is high in Cape Verde. In addition, it is a tiny nation of only 500,000 people split up among 9 inhabited islands. It's a micro market economically speaking. There is no productive industry to speak of. So jobs are few and far between, and are mostly blue-collar and laborers. And the language spoken locally is Portuguese. So it is virtually impossible for an English-speaking foreigner to find a job in any economic sector in Cape Verde with one exception...TOURISM!

Cape Verde has a huge tourism industry relative to the size of the country/population. There are over 800,000 tourists visiting each year. It's the third highest in West Africa. And 90% of those tourists visit two islands - Sal (population 30,000) and Boavista (population 10,000). The tourists are mainly English speaking. Many of them return as investors starting up small businesses catering to tourists. Between the small investors and large hotels, there is a huge demand for English-speaking workers in the tourism industry in Sal and Boavista. Since most of the local population speaks Portuguese, the natural consequence is that there are many job opportunities for English-speaking foreigners.

Regards,

Angelo

stumpy :

Welcome to the forum.

Unless you have a specialist skill that no one else in Cape Verde has then you will not find work there. Unemployment is very high amongst locals so outsiders have no chance.

Go online and do some research.

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