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Effective June 4, 2016, newly published amendments to the Migration Code of Azerbaijan exempt certain company directors and specialists from requiring a work permit.

Additionally, a recent presidential decree announces an upcoming new unified online visa application and issuance system, called ASAN Visa.

Foreign national directors and deputy directors of companies that are locally incorporated in Azerbaijan, and have at least one foreign national shareholder, no longer need to obtain a work permit.

Previously this exemption was only available for directors and deputy directors of foreign-incorporated companies, or of their branches or representative offices in Azerbaijan.

The work permit exemption has also been extended to shipbuilding specialists with at least one year of professional experience, and a university degree or relevant professional qualification, who are contracted to work at the Garadagh Industrial Park.

What is the ASAN Visa system?

The ASAN Visa system is aimed at simplifying procedures for issuing visas to nationals of approved countries, via a single online portal. The service has not yet been developed, and it will likely be several months before it is fully implemented.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from Peregrine Immigration Management.

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:

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