KAZAKHSTAN – 2012 Quotas Announced
The work permit quotas for 2012 have been announced by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Kazakhstan. The quota has been set at 48,135 work permits for the year, which is further subdivided into regions, and then by work permit category, as detailed below.
How is the Quota Decided?
The annual quota limit has been set in order to cap the number of foreign national workers at no more than 1% of the working population of Kazakhstan. The divisions by region have been established based on requests made by local companies in 2011 (up to September) to their regional district labour offices.
Allocations by Region and Category
The quotas are then further subdivided by region and category. Kazakhstan has four work permit categories, of which the first two (director level managers and qualified managers/professionals) are the most relevant for corporate transfers. Category 3 and 4 permits are for less senior transfers. Nearly all fourth category permits (a quota of 2000) have been allocated to the South Kazakhstan Province (Оңтүстік Қазақстан),. 2012 quotas for the cities of Almaty and Astana are set as follows:
- total of 6060 work permits
- 3717 Category 1 and 2
- 2343 Category 3
- total of 6368 work permits
- 2859 Category 1 and 2
- 3509 Category 3
In addition to the above restrictions, companies are limited in their ratio of foreign workers to local resident workers. Category 1 foreign employees (senior managers) must not be greater than 30% of the total number of employees at this level at the Kazakh entity. The ratio of Category 2/3 employees must not be greater than 10% of the total number of employees at this level at the Kazakh entity. This quota requirement, however, does not apply to small businesses, state institutions, to seasonal employees or to work permits issued under quotas for priority projects.
- Note the quotas for 2012 and plan accordingly.