Comprehensive immigration profile on Iraq for those considering a relocation.
As relocation experts, at Move One we understand how important it is to make the transition to your new home as seamless as possible. To that end, Move One features a country every month, providing an in-depth look at relocation, immigration, moving and pet transportation issues.
This month’s spotlight focuses on immigration to Iraq.
Due to political unrest in the southern regions of Iraq, immigration rules tend to be inconsistent and authorities often interpret the rules independently. The Region of Kurdistan located in the northern part of the county, however applies its own regulations and has been regarded as one of the Middle East’s best growth prospects in 2012.
Statistics show a 30% increase in the number of foreign companies registering in Kurdistan Region between 2010 and 2011. A British trade association alone has brought 100 companies to the Kurdistan Region according to a statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government.
The boom is accredited to the Kurdistan Region’s favorable investment law which was introduced in 2007 and allows investors to own land, entitles them to 10 year tax holidays as well as easy removal of tariffs on exports and imports.
In order for companies to bring in expat employees to work, they must register with Iraqi authorities and apply for permits on behalf of their foreign employees. The process to obtain a residence card is relatively quick, however employees with permits for Kurdistan are restricted to working in the region and may not enter other parts of Iraq.
This is due to the independent governance of the Kurdistan Region by an autonomous regional government.
For an overview of immigration to the Iraq with focus on the Kurdistan Region, please visit our immigration country profile.
Topics covered include Business Travel outlining scope of business activities, entry requirements and limitations as well as formalities required on arrival to Iraq for business. The Work Purpose section explains the typical employment procedure though an interactive experience. The third section, Vital Documents introduces birth and marriage certificate procurement details and how such documents may be authenticated for use abroad.
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