What is the change? Azerbaijan has passed a law that exempts foreign business visitors in most industries from having to obtain work permits.

What does the change mean? Foreigners working in eight enumerated industries may enter on a business visa and stay for up to 90 days per year.

  • Implementation timeframe: The law took effect Dec. 14.
  • Visas/permits affected: Business visasand work permits.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals working short-term in Azerbaijan.
  • Impact on processing times: The exemption will eliminate work permit procedures for eligible foreign nationals in most industries in Azerbaijan.
  • Business impact: The change will facilitate business by allowing short-term business visits in several key fields, requiring fewer formalities than required for work permits.
  • Next steps: Employers should work with their BAL attorney to apply for business visas, provide confirmation of the business activities, and prepare for registration requirements upon the foreign employee’s arrival.

Background: On Dec. 14, the Azerbaijan Cabinet of Ministers passed a resolution approving a list of activities which will no longer require work permits. The exemption is valid for business trips not exceeding 90 days per year. The list includes the following industries:

  1. Mining;
  2. Manufacturing;
  3. Electric power, gas, steam and air condition supplies;
  4. Information and communication;
  5. Finance and insurance;
  6. Education;
  7. Transportation;
  8. Water supply, sewage treatment and waste.

Foreign nationals who require a visa may enter on a business visa and must apply for temporary registration with the State Migration Service upon arrival. Visa-exempt nationals most likely will not be required to apply for business visas. However, all applicants should carry written confirmation, secondment letter or relevant certification from their employers confirming the nature of their activities in the country.

BAL Analysis: Earlier this year, Azerbaijan implemented short-term work permits. The exemption for business visits for 90 days per year is a further liberalization of regulations that will increase business activity in nearly all industries in Azerbaijan.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Azerbaijan. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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