What is the change? Applications for hiring foreign nationals in job categories covered by the Kazakh quota system next year are due by Aug. 28.

What does the change mean? Employers who are seeking to hire foreign employees in those categories in 2015 must submit their quota requests by the deadline.

  • Implementation timeframe: No later than Aug. 28.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits and work visas.
  • Who is affected:Companies that need quota allocation foreign workers in 2015.
  • Impact on processing times: Times will vary, depending on quotas and regions.
  • Business impact: Failure to filethe applications will curtail companies’ ability to hire foreign workers.

Background: Filing quota requests is a mandatory procedure for companies seeking to attract foreign employees; failure to do so means they cannot apply for work permits if quotas expire.

Employers may file voluntary reports to the Department of Labor projecting their needs for foreign workers in order to get priority consideration for additional quota positions that may be allocated once those numbers are known and released by the Ministry of Labor.

BAL Analysis: Companies should submit their quota requests as soon as possible and are encouraged to provide voluntary information on their projected needs because it may provide additional foreign-national hires.

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