What is the reminder? Companies in need of work permits for foreign workers in quota-subject job categories in 2021 must file quota applications by July 31.

  • Implementation time frame: Applications are being accepted and will continue to be accepted through July 31.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits.
  • Who is affected: Companies seeking work permits for quota-subject foreign workers in 2021.
  • Business impact: Failure to file a quota application may prevent a company from being able to hire foreign workers.

Additional information: Filing a quota application is an annual requirement for companies that rely on foreign workers in job categories subject to quotas. The quota application must contain the number of work permit holders the company currently has as well as the number the company intends to hire in 2021. 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.

Because of potential quarantine-related delays, it is recommended that employers not wait until the end of July to submit their applications. It is also recommended that applications be submitted on time or it may not be possible to obtain work permits or permit renewals. The application form can be found here. After an applicant has received a work permit it will also be necessary to obtain an entry permit from the Interdepartmental Commission because of the quarantine.

Analysis & Comments: Companies should begin preparing 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 2021 with the Department of Labor. This may allow them to receive priority consideration when additional quota numbers become available.

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