The Kazakhstani government announced the new 2024 foreign worker quotas for all work categories and regions.

‌Key Points:

  • The permit quota for attracting foreign workers is divided into categories:
    • 906 for managers and their deputies
    • 5,054 for heads of structural divisions
    • 10,786 for specialists
    • 2,888 for skilled workers
    • 2,366 for seasonal work
  • The new quotas for the respective regions are as follows:
    • Akmola region: 800 (increase from 178)
    • Almaty City: 1,671 (decrease from 2,050)
    • Astana City: 1,191 (decrease from 1,331)
    • Atyrau region: 4,765 (decrease from 6,144)
    • Shymkent City: 537 (increase from 156)
    • West Kazakhstan: 1,047 (decrease from 1,094)
    • Zhambyl: 3,660 (increase from 1,181)

Additional Information: Local executive bodies issued 14,500 thousand permits to employers in 2023, and currently 13,183 foreign citizens are working in Kazakhstan with such permits. Employers must provide information on the current number of foreign nationals employed and the number of foreign nationals the company intends to hire in 2024 when applying for their specific work permits.

BAL Analysis: Kazakhstan has settled the total quota at 0.23% of the country’s workforce, amounting to 22,000 workers. Companies are encouraged to take note of the quotas and any relevant exemptions and plan their international recruiting and hiring programs accordingly.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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