- Employers Should Expect Immigration Audits and Worksite Visits
- September 30, 2013
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
Employers in Mozambique should be prepared for immigration audits and worksite inspections. The General Work Inspectorate has launched an immigration compliance campaign in an effort to end work authorization certificate fraud. The campaign is starting in the capital, Maputo, and will expand into Nampula, Sofala and Tete provinces in the near future.
The Inspectorate has warned that any foreign national with fraudulent documentation will face detention, deportation and possible criminal charges.
In general, Mozambique’s government has become increasingly focused on immigration compliance because of public and media reaction to the dramatic rise in immigration to the country in recent years. The Inspectorate’s current campaign is motivated in part by the recent, highly publicized discovery of several foreign nationals working with high-quality fraudulent documentation. Immigration application processing times are expected to increase, and compliance enforcement is expected to further heighten with the nationwide municipal elections this November. In addition, it is anticipated that processing delays and enforcement efforts will continue beyond November, with presidential and parliamentary elections planned for October 2014.