Employment in Azerbaijan: benefits, jobs for foreigners and obtaining a work visa
Azerbaijan offers a wide variety of professions for expats. In many cities of the country, foreigners are offered a variety of vacancies to suit every taste. Here are the advantages of employment in Azerbaijan and obtaining a work visa
Azerbaijan is often called the Eastern Pearl of Europe. However, the country located on the Caspian Sea coast is known not only for its resorts. Thanks to investments from international corporations and the development of oil production, the Azerbaijani economy is growing rapidly. Therefore, many companies are interested in qualified specialists from other countries. Let's talk about the peculiarities of employment in the country below.
Benefits of employment in Azerbaijan
All residents of Azerbaijan have social insurance, which provides benefits to the unemployed, low-income families, the elderly, etc. Mothers with newborns also receive monthly payments equal to the average salary for 4 months before and after childbirth.
Oil and gas companies provide their employees with the most favorable working conditions, as this sector is highly developed in the country. Specialists in the industry have many opportunities for career growth and a high level of financial security in Azerbaijan.
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Work for foreigners in Azerbaijan
Foreign workers in Azerbaijan most often find jobs in agriculture and forestry. Employment in the oil or fuel industry is quite popular among foreigners seeking high-paying jobs.
Other promising industries in the Azerbaijani labor market are:
- information technology;
- construction business;
- health care8
- chemical industry;
- factory production.
Seasonal work is quite common in the country. Many foreigners come for a short period of time to pick fruit, harvest, etc. And workers without experience can get a job in the service sector. Indeed, given the large number of resorts, there is a constant need for waiters, cleaners, maids, administrators, salespeople, etc. in Azerbaijan.
Foreign students are not allowed to work full-time in Azerbaijan, as they would need to change their study visa to a work visa. But there is a possibility of part-time work. Therefore, most often young people find work as waiters, baristas, and cashiers. Also, during summer vacations, employers sometimes hire successful students for internships, although not always paid.
Where to look for a job?
Job search is available on special resources, such as JobSearch or Human Capital Baku.
It is also worth monitoring the websites of large companies that often publish current vacancies.
The easiest place to get a job is in the capital. By the way, most offers for foreigners require a conversational level of English, along with Azerbaijani or Arabic.
Work visa to Azerbaijan
Employment in Azerbaijan for foreigners is possible only if they have a work permit and a permanent residence permit. Here is the list of documents required for a work visa:
- a notarized copy of your passport;
- medical examination results;
- notarized copies of professional qualifications;
- employment record book for the last 5 years;
- a completed application form;
- a letter of recommendation from the employer.
The visa is issued for a period of 1 year with the possibility of extension. Representatives of certain professions, heads of branches of Azerbaijani companies and married to Azerbaijani citizens are not required to obtain a work permit.
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