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How to obtain a Work Permit in Azerbaijan

October 24, 20211

A Work Permit is a form of permission which gives a right to the individuals to work in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Here we are talking about a paid labor activity. In short, foreigners and stateless persons must obtain a Work Permit to work in the Republic of Azerbaijan. The State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan issues a Work Permit.

I. Who can engage in labor activity in Azerbaijan by obtaining a Work Permit?

After receiving a Work Permit, every capable foreigner reaching the age of 18 can work Azerbaijan. However, we must note that foreigners do not apply for a Work Permit themselves. Thus, the companies or individual entrepreneurs planning to hire them must apply for Work Permit. Employers should employ foreigners (stateless persons) in their working place. They should also conclude a labor contract in compliance with the validity period of the Work Permit. Concluding labor contract with foreigners without obtaining a Work Permit is illegal.

Other nuances for taking into account:

Foreigners and stateless persons may be involved in employment in vacancies not claimed by the citizens of Azerbaijan. Thus, Companies and individual entrepreneurs cannot obtain Work Permit for any position but only for specific positions. In that case, employers must justify the need to involve foreigners (stateless persons) and not citizens of Azerbaijan in that position. Additionally, companies and individual entrepreneurs must submit a document confirming that foreigner have education in the relevant field.

At the same time, you need to take into account that every year only a certain number of foreigners and stateless persons (according to the annual quota set by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan) can obtain a Work Permit to engage labor activity in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

II. The grounds for issuance of a Work Permit

As we have mentioned previously, every capable foreigner reaching the age of 18 can work in the Republic of Azerbaijan after receiving a Work Permit. However, in some cases, they can work without obtaining such permission. According to the Migration Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Work Permit is issued for a maximum period of 1 year and must be renewed annually. However, if employers plan to hire a foreign worker for a shorter period,  they can apply Work Permit for a shorter period than 1 year.

According to the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan, certain categories of foreigners (stateless persons) have the right to engage in employment without obtaining a Work Permit.

A. Who can work in Azerbaijan without obtaining a Work Permit:
  • Those who possess a permit for permanent residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Those who are dealing with entrepreneurial activity in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Those who work for diplomatic representations and consulates;
  • Those who work for international organizations;
  • Heads and deputy heads of organizations established under international treaties;
  • Those who are employed by relevant executive authorities;
  • Military servicemen and experts invited to serve or work for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan and other armed units, established according to the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • The mass media employees accredited in the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Those who have seconded missions in the Republic of Azerbaijan for no more than 90 days per year in the spheres of activity specified by the relevant executive authority;
  • To perform some works or provide services in the spheres of activity specified by the relevant executive authority category of specialists determined by the relevant executive authority and invited by citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan or legal entities founded in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  • Seamen and etc.
B. To obtain a Work Permit the employers must submit the following documents:
  • application form;
  • a copy of the passport or other border crossing document of the foreigner or stateless person;
  • a notarized copy of the document confirming that the foreigner and stateless person have the qualifications required to perform the intended work;
  • a certificate substantiating the need to involve a foreigner or a stateless person for the intended job;
  • Medical certificate confirming that the foreigner or stateless person is not a carrier of infectious diseases (human immunodeficiency virus infection, hepatitis B and C viruses) approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
If employer:
  • in case of a legal entity – notarized copies of the charter of the legal entity and the certificate of state registration;
  • in the case of a natural person – notarized copies of the identity document of the natural person and the taxpayer registration certificate issued to the natural person;
C. Ground for refusal of a Work Permit in Azerbaijan:

Foreigners and stateless persons are denied work permits in the following cases:

  • if the documents provided for in Article 65 of the Migration Code are not submitted;
  • if the submitted documents are forged, contain inaccurate or distorted information;
  • if it is possible to meet the employer’s demand for labor at the expense of local labor resources;
  • if the foreigner or stateless person to be employed is under 18 years of age;
  • when the labor migration quota is filled;
  • if the list of foreigners and stateless persons is a carrier of infectious diseases determined by the relevant executive authority;
  • if the foreigner or stateless person does not have the qualifications or work experience required to perform the work in which he/she is involved.

As ACON, we have been providing our clients with legal services related to obtaining work permits for many years. If you also need legal assistance in obtaining work permits in Azerbaijan, we recommend that you contact us.

See also:

  1. ACON – LAW AND INVESTMENT, Immigration Services: https://acon.az/immigration-services/ 
  2. ACON – LAW AND INVESTMENT, Temporary Residence Permit (TRP or TRC) in Azerbaijan: https://acon.az/temporary-residence-permit/
  3. ACON – LAW AND INVESTMENT, Azerbaijan Temporary Residence Permit (TRP or TRC) by Making a Deposit: https://acon.az/obtaining-a-temporary-residence-permit-by-making-a-deposit/
  4. ACON – LAW AND INVESTMENT, Azerbaijan Temporary Residence Permit (TRP or TRC) through Real Estate: https://acon.az/azerbaijan-trp-or-trc-through-real-estate/
  5. ACON – LAW AND INVESTMENT, Permanent Residence Permit (PR) in Azerbaijan: https://acon.az/permanent-residence-permit-in-azerbaijan/

One comment

  • Jinesh Kumar

    December 21, 2022 at 9:52 am

    Hello, I have a restaurant in Azerbaijan (Indian Restaurant) and have plan to employ one Indian chef for my restaurant. Can you help us for obtaining a Work Permit in Azerbaijan?

    Reply

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