Per the work permit quota system implemented in Azerbaijan, employers that intend to hire foreign nationals in the country must submit an estimate of their foreign workers to the State Migration Service by May 1, 2017.
To comply with the new law, employers that intend to hire foreign nationals in Azerbaijan must follow the below process:
- Submit an estimate of their foreign workers to the State Migration Service (SMS) by May 1, 2017.
- Based on the estimate, the Commission will review the employer's need and present a decision to the Cabinet of Ministers by September 1, 2017.
- Employers can provide an amended report to SMS for any changes in its estimate, but SMS reserves the right to reject proposed amendments.
The annual quota will be based on projections/information provided by employers of foreign nationals and a special Commission composed of representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and SMS. The Commission also has the authority to request that the Cabinet of Ministers review the existing quota in August of each year if the Commission considers that the quota does not meet the needs of the labor market in Azerbaijan.
What This Means for Employers
Employers seeking to send foreign workers to Azerbaijan should submit a foreign worker estimate by May 1, 2017. Employers should contact their immigration professional for assistance with this submission.