Work Permit in Azerbaijan

Why is Work Permit Needed?

A work permit secures a person’s right to live and work in a foreign country. Having a valid work permit is an ethical way to enter a  foreign nation for employment and avoid any immigration-related hassle. Azerbaijan has a provision of short-term stay e-visa for citizens of several countries. All foreign nationals require an Azerbaijan work permit to work in the country for a longer duration officially. 

About the Azerbaijan Job Market

Azerbaijan has a growing economy thanks to its rich oil and gas reserves welcoming foreign investments. Apart from the oil and gas industry, the labor force in Azerbaijan is divided into the service industry, agriculture, and forestry. Thanks to its rich natural resource wealth, the country is slowly seeing an influx of foreign employees.

Number of expats in Azerbaijan

> 280,000 (Numbers are subject to change)

Expat Job Websites

Human Capital Baku, Azinka HR&CC, Ejob.az,

Popular Industries for expats

Oil, Gas & Energy, Agriculture, Construction, Steel, Cotton, Machinery

Types of Azerbaijan Work Visa Available

An employer's responsibility is to apply for the Azerbaijan work permit visa on behalf of their employee. Thus, it becomes imperative to understand the different types of Azerbaijan visas that are available. Azerbaijan immigration requires every foreign national entering the country to have an entry visa.

The Azerbaijan entry visas are further divided into several categories depending on the purpose of visit as under:

Tourist Visa

This visa is issued to foreigners seeking entry into Azerbaijan for short-term tourism purposes. It cannot be extended.

Business Visa

This visa is issued to foreigners who enter the country aiming to establish business relations. It applies to individual entrepreneurs and representatives of foreign legal entities conducting business here. It is typically issued for three or six-month periods.

Science/Education Visa

This visa is issued specifically for people entering the country to carry out scientific activities, participate in research programs, or attend conferences/ seminars and other such scientific events of importance. It is also applicable to students coming to the Republic of Azerbaijan to enroll in educational institutions.

Employment Visa

Also called the labor visa, this is the Azerbaijan work permit. It is used for people who intend to carry out paid labor activity in the country. This visa is only issued upon invitation by an employer holding a local entity in Azerbaijan.

Besides these work-related visas, Azerbaijan also has a general transit visa, tourism visa, diplomatic visa, and personal visa. The Republic of Azerbaijan State Migration Service also provides an e-visa, which is a convenient way of applying for visas online.

Requirements for an Azerbaijan Work Permit by Employers

It is an employer’s responsibility to issue the Azerbaijan work permit for their foreign employees. But before hiring a foreign employee, you must do the following:

  • ~Provide evidence to the State Migration Service that the employee is at least 18 years old
  • ~Proof that local employees cannot fill the said position
  • ~Reference for the necessity of recruiting a foreign expert 
  • ~Documents about your company’s identity 

Employers must collect all the relevant documents from their prospective employee(s) and proceed with the Azerbaijan work visa application process.

Requirements for an Azerbaijan Work Permit by Employees

In addition to the above documents, an employer needs some more documents from their employee to apply for their Azerbaijan work permit. The list of documents required by employees include:

  • ~Completed application form
  • ~Valid passport
  • ~Recent photographs
  • ~Work experience for at least five years
  • ~Notarized documents supporting professional qualifications
  • ~Document entitling their stay in the Republic of Azerbaijan
  • ~Identity document providing details of their citizenship, workplace address, job profile, etc.
  • ~Health certificate confirming that they are in good health and not bearing any contagious diseases

Azerbaijan Work Permit Application Process

The employer begins the process of getting an Azerbaijan work permit. 

  • ~Gather all the necessary documents from your end and your employee. 
  • ~Submit all the documents along with the duly filled application form to the State Migration Service. 
  • ~Pay the Azerbaijan work visa fees. 

Timeframe for Work Permit Application

The processing time for the Azerbaijan work permit is approximately 30 days. In some cases, it could take longer, depending on the purpose of the visit. If you’re applying for an eVisa, the processing time is usually faster. However, in case the application gets rejected, the applicant will receive written notification within five days. 

Azerbaijan Work Permit Fees

The Azerbaijan work visa fees vary according to the duration of the work permits. The below table lists Azerbaijan work visa fees:

Visa Cost (In $US)
Work Permit (3 months) $205
Work Permit (6 months) $353
Work Permit (12 months) $588

How Multiplier Helps with Work Permits

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You can partner with Multiplier to ease the process of making an Azerbaijan work visa. Let our team of in-house experts take care of the rest. From documentation to costs, we will keep you informed at all points from the beginning to the end.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the validity of an Azerbaijan work permit?

Azerbaijan work permits are initially issued for one year. You can renew them four times for a duration of one year.


How to extend the work permit?

Like the issuance, an extension of the Azerbaijan work permit is also the employer’s responsibility. An employer should apply at least 30 days before the expiry of the permit. The state fee for the extension also has to be paid within a month of the application, or it could get rejected. The extension fee is $588. 

What is the difference between a traditional visa and an e-visa for Azerbaijan?

While both visas act as entry visas for the Republic of Azerbaijan, the validity of an e-visa is just 90 days. So to apply for a work permit, it is advisable to go the traditional way. 

Can everyone apply for the Azerbaijan e-visa?

No. The e-visa facility is limited to nationals of certain countries. You must first check the list of countries on the official e-visa portal and only then proceed to make an e-visa.


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