Companies in need of work permits for foreign workers in quota-subject job categories in 2022 must file quota applications by Sept. 30.

Key Points:

  • Companies have until Sept. 30 to submit a quota application.
  • Failure to file a quota application by the deadline may prevent a company from being able to hire foreign workers.
  • More information regarding the rules for establishing quotas can be found here.

Additional Information: Filing a quota application is an annual requirement for companies that rely on foreign workers in quota-subject job categories.

Applications must be submitted in any region of Kazakhstan where the company has operations. Companies should not include foreign workers who do not require a work permit or those who will be working as an intra-corporate transferee. Authorities may reject applications in cases where employers have a record of violating immigration or labor law.

BAL Analysis: Companies should prepare their quota applications in order to meet the deadline. Companies that do not file the applications may have difficulty hiring foreign workers in quota-subject jobs next year. In addition to the mandatory quota application, employers are encouraged to file voluntary projections of their foreign labor needs for 2022 with the Department of Labor. This may allow them to receive priority consideration when additional quota numbers become available.

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