Kazakhstan: Immigration Bulletin – Intra-Corporate Transfer Option Now Possible
Work permits granted based on Intra-Corporate Transfer
In January 2012 Kazakhstan introduced a number of changes to its immigration legislation. The legislation confirms the provisions described in Move One’s earlier bulletin and introduces further changes such as the newly established Intra-Corporate Transfer (ICT) process.
The process allows foreigners to apply for a work permit granted on the basis of an Intra-Corporate Transfer. The transfer letter must be issued by a foreign legal entity and support an application for the purposes of carrying out work or for rendering services at a branch, subsidiary, representative office, or affiliated party founded in Kazakhstan. An ICT work permit is to be issued for the period indicated on the transfer letter, but for no more than three years. Such work permits can be extended only once, for the period of one year.
Although the work permit is issued based on a transfer letter, the host company in Kazakhstan is still required by law to sign a labor contract with the transferee upon the issuance of a work permit. The contract must specify the details of the assignment and the employee’s responsibilities within the Kazakh entity.
Authorities have started to accept applications and further clarifications are expected once the first ICT work permits are issued. Move One is closely monitoring the changes and will provide updates as necessary.
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