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1. In which cases foreginers and stateless persons can carry out paid labor activity in the Republic of Azerbaijan without obtaining permit?

The following foreigners and stateless persons are not required to obtain a work permit:

–        Persons holding permit for permanent residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–        Persons engaged in entrepreneurship activity in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–        Employees of diplomatic representations and consulates;

–        Employees of international organizations;

–       Heads of the organizations established under international agreements  and their deputies;

–       Persons employed by relevant executive authority;

–       Military personnel and specialists invited for service or work in Armed    Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan and other armed units established            pursuant to the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–       Employees of mass media accredited in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–     Persons dispatched for a business trip for not more than 90 days within a   year to the Republic of Azerbaijan in the spheres of activity (mining                   industry; processing industry; supply with electric, gas, steam and condensate air; information and communication; Finance and insurance;         Education; Transport; Water supply; refining polluted water and waste) defined by relevant executive authority;

–    Specialists included to the category defined by relevant executive authority  who have been invited by the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan or juridical persons established in the Unofficial translation Republic of Azerbaijan for the purpose of doing works or rendering services in the activity areas determined by the relevant executive authority;

–      Seamen;

–       Academic staff and lecturers invited to institutes of higher education for delivering lectures;

–      Art workers, trainers and sportsmen invited to work in sport clubs registered at relevant executive authority;

–   Persons engaging in professional religious activity in the officially registered religious institutions;

–    Heads of branches and representations of foreign juridical persons in the Republic of Azerbaijan and their deputies;

–    Persons married with the citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan,provided that the citizen is registered on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan upon place of residence;

–    Persons submitted application for obtaining refugee status, obtained refugee status or granted political asylum;

–     Persons having in their custody citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan who are under the age of 18 or I group disabled persons;

–     Persons involved in labour activity in cases defined by relevant executive authority.

2. In which cases permit for permanent residence in the territory of the country is issued?

Foreigners and stateless persons temporarily residing at least 2 years with following grounds in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan can apply for obtaining permanent residence permission in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan:

–         In case they are in close relationship with a citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–     In case they invest at least 500 000 manats in the economy of the country;

–      In case they possess real estate which is worth at least 100 000 manats on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan or funds in the same amount in the banks of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–      In case they are highly qualified specialists in the spheres of economy, industry, defense, science, culture, sports, etc;

–         In case they are family members of foreigners and stateless persons temporarily or permanently residing on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–      In case they hold positions of head or deputy head in the branch or representation of a foreign juridical person in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–     In case they engage in entrepreneurship activity in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

3. For which period permit for temporary residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan is issued?

To foreigners or stateless persons investing at least 500 000 manats in the economy of the country permit for temporary residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan is issued for the period mentioned on the application of the applicant, but for a period not exceeding 3 years and can be extended each time for the period not exceeding 3 years, if there is a relevant ground.

In all other cases permit for temporary residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan is issued for the period mentioned on the application of the applicant, but for a period not exceeding 1 year and can be extended each time for the period not exceeding 2 years, if there is a relevant ground.

4. What are the grounds for temporary residence permission?

Foreigners and stateless persons are issued permit for temporary residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan in the following cases:

–         In case they are in close relationship with a citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–         In case they invest at least 500 000 manats (approx. 295 000 USD) in the economy of the country;

–         In case they possess real estate which is worth at least 100 000 manats (approx. 60 000 USD) on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan or funds in the same amount in the banks of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–         In case they are highly qualified specialists in the spheres of economy, industry, military,science, culture, sports, etc;

       – Specialists included to the category defined by relevant executive authority who have been invited by the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan or juridical persons established in the Unofficial translation Republic of Azerbaijan for the purpose of doing works or rendering services in the activity areas determined by the relevant executive authority;

–         In case they are family members of foreigners and stateless persons temporarily or permanently residing on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–         In case they hold positions of head or deputy head in the branch or representation of a foreign juridical person in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

      – In case they hold positions of head and deputy head of juridical person, which is established in the Republic of Azerbaijan and founder or at least one of the founders of which is a foreign juridical or physical person;

–         In case they engage in entrepreneurship activity in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–         In case they obtain work permit in a way envisaged by this Code to carry out paid labor activity on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–         In case they get full-time education at institutions of higher education and technical schools and in case they get education at secondary schools in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

–         In case they are engaged in professional religious activity at officially registered religious institutions;

–         In case there are grounds envisaged by the international agreements of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

5. How long can foreigners and stateless persons stay in the territory of Azerbaijan since the date of arrival by registering upon place of stay?

Foreigners or stateless persons arriving upon visa – for the period of stay indicated on the visa;

Foreigners or stateless persons arriving under visa-free regime – for 90 days

6. Within how many days and in which order foreigners or stateless persons should get registered upon place of stay?

Foreigners or stateless persons intending to stay more than 15 days in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan should get registered online (by entering “registration upon place of stay” section placed under the “E-service” window of the official website of the Service – www.migration.gov.az) or by directly applying to regional migration departments, as well as “ASAN service” centers within 15 days after arriving in the country.

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