The Cabinet of Ministers recently announced the new quota system on work permits for foreign citizens – based on yearly projections provided by employers and reviewed by the established Government Commission.

Employers with an intention to hire foreign citizens should submit an estimated volume of work permits required for the next calendar year to the State Migration Service (SMS), by May 2016. Amendments are possible, although SMS has a right to reject proposed amendments.

The Commission, of members from SMS and Ministries (Labour, Economy, Foreign Affairs and Education), will review the estimated proposal and communicate the decision before the beginning of September each year.

The Commission also has the right to request the review of existing quotas, from the Cabinet of Ministers, where the approved quota does not meet the actual labor market needs in Azerbaijan.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact the Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA, Vladimir Dziak: