KAZAKHSTAN – Recent Changes to Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit Rules
Effective 15 September 2017, the Ministry of labour and Social Protection has amended the rules for obtaining work permits for intra-company transferees.
What has changed?
Here are the changes to the intra-company transferee work permit rules:
- The host company must now submit confirmation that the position has been advertised for 15 days, in support of the work permit application.
- Work permit applications will now be approved even if the employment service finds qualified local candidates during the compulsory 15-days local labour market search.
- The special conditions (providing training or employment for local Kazakh nationals) applicable to a host company applying for a work permit for an intra-company transferee are now applicable for both initial and renewal applications.
- Host companies participating in the program for increasing the proportion of the local workforce are exempt from the special conditions. This program is available for companies which have concluded a contract with a relevant state authority in accordance with an agreement on sharing products (usually companies working in oil industry).
- Educational certificates are no longer required in support of the work permit application for intra-company transferees. Instead, the foreign employer and the host company are to provide official letters stating that the assignee’s work experience and qualifications match the position and the relevant skill.
- Companies planning to assign employees to Kazakhstan on an intra-company transfer basis should seek further advice from an immigration specialist on how these changes may affect them.