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Maura Sousa Cossa

Maura Sousa Cossa

Legal Advisor
Associate, SAL & Caldeira Advogados, Lda.

Maura Sousa Cossa is a Jurist and Junior Consultant of the Immigration & NGOs Practice Group, who provides legal advice mainly in respect of Immigration law, with experience in Commercial and Corporate law. She specializes on the assistance with registration of NGOs, processes of work authorization and visas for foreigners, and issues such as project cessation and mergers of NGOs.

  • Assistance with applications for registration and extension of NGOs;
  • Assistance in negotiations with immigration authorities on facilitating the entry, stay and exit of foreigners to work on oil and gas projects;
  • Assistance in hiring foreign for various sectors of activity;
  • Preparation of a range of documents such as: minutes, powers of attorney, employment contracts, memoranda, contracts of provision of services, memoranda of understanding, regulations and other organizations internal policies, company agreements and notifications to the labour, tax, social security, MINEC authorities, etc;
  • Translation of legal documents (from Portuguese to English, vice-versa);
  • Participation in meetings with potential clients and public entities;
  • Assistance in obtaining work visa and its extension;
  • Assistance on Equivalence’s certificates regarding studies obtained outside the country;
  • Coordinate with Embassies and Immigration Authorities to obtain relevant information regarding foreigners citizen’s entering, staying and exit the country (Mozambique);
  • Assistance on obtaining border, tourist, visit, student, business, work visas, among others;
  • Assistance on other several matters related with Immigration and Labour law;
  • Provided assistance on the tracking of work permit, work visas, certificate of equivalence and other applications and requests submitted at Government Institutions;
  • Monitored the expiration dates of the documents and advise on the need to renew the document in advance;
  • Collected the updated information regarding changes on Immigration and Labour practices and laws.

Prior Experience

  • SAL & Caldeira Advogados, Lda. – Junior Consultant, January 2022 – present;
  • SAL & Caldeira Advogados, Lda. – Trainee Lawyer, January 2021 – December 2021;
  • Instituto de Patrocínio e Assistência Jurídica – Legal Assistant, January 2019 - July 2019.

Education

  • Law Degree from the Law Faculty of Instituto Superior de Ciências e Tecnologias de Moçambique.

Memberships

  • Member of the Bar Association of Mozambique as Trainee Lawyer