Temporary residence of foreigners and stateless persons in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan


Foreigners and stateless persons intending to reside temporarily in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan should get a relevant permit for it.

Permit for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan is issued to foreigners and stateless persons by the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Applications of foreigners and stateless persons for issuance of permit for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan are processed within the period provided by the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On State Fee" in accordance with the amount of state fee paid under this Law.

In case a permit for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan is issued to foreigners and stateless persons, those persons are provided with a permission card for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Foreigners and stateless persons are issued permit for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the following cases:

  • In case they are in close relationship with a citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • In case they invest at least 500 000 manats in the economy of the country;
  • In case they possess real estate which is worth at least 100 000 manats in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • In case they deposit money in the amount of at least 100.000 manats in the banks functioning in the Republic of Azerbaijan on the basis of a term deposit agreement;
  • In case they are highly qualified specialists in the spheres of economy, industry, military, science, culture, sports, etc;
  • In case they are specialists included to the category defined by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan who have been invited by the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan or juridical persons established in the Republic of Azerbaijan for the purpose of doing works or rendering services in the activity spheres determined by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • In case they are family members of foreigners or stateless persons temporarily or permanently residing in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • In case they hold positions of head or deputy head in the branch or representation of a foreign juridical person in the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • In case they hold positions of head or deputy head of juridical person established in the Republic of Azerbaijan, the founder or at least one of the founders of which is a foreign juridical or physical person;
  • In case they engage in entrepreneurship activity in the Republic of Azerbaijan (this case is only considered as a ground for issuance of a permit for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, when those persons work actually by concluding labor contract with at least 5 persons on full time employment or 10 persons on part-time employment. In this case, at least 80 percent of the workers are required to be citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan);
  • In case they are recruited by the relevant executive authorities;
  • In case they are military servicemen and experts invited to serve or work for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan and other armed units, established according to the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • In case they are an accredited employee of the mass media in the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • In case they are seamen;

Foreigners and stateless persons should submit the following documents for obtaining (extending) permit for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan:

  • Application form sample of which approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Copy of the passport or other border crossing document (validity period of passport or other border crossing document should be more than 3 months of the expiry date of the temporary residence permit to be issued);
  • Notarized copy of the birth certificate or other document equal to it (for persons without a passport who are under the age of 18);
  • Notarized or equally certified document confirming existence of cases justifying issuance of temporary residence permit;
  • Notarized consent letter of the family member or close relative envisaged by the Articles 45.1.1 (In case they are in close relationship with a citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan) and 45.1.5 (In case they are family members of foreigners or stateless persons temporarily or permanently residing in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan) of the Migration Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan with regard to issuance of a permit for temporary residence to foreigners and stateless persons under cases indicated in those Articles;
  • Reference certifying that the person is not carrier of a virus of any disease included in the list of dangerous infectious diseases approved by the relevant executive authority;  
  • Copy of the document authorizing to temporarily stay or reside in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Justified application by an authority, enterprise or organization inviting (to the Republic of Azerbaijan) foreigners and stateless persons who are highly qualified specialists in the spheres of economy,  industry, military, science, culture, sports,  etc.;
  • Two photos sized 3.5 x 4.5 cm;
  • Document of a residential area where the person shall be registered on (extract on the state registration of the property right from state registry of real estate, warrant for accommodation, rent or tenancy agreement or other document set forth in the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan);
  • Application of the person providing a foreigner or stateless person with a residential area (except the cases when there is a residential area in possession of the foreigner or stateless person);
  • Copy of the identity document of the person providing the foreigner or stateless person with a residential area (except the cases when there is a residential area in possession of the foreigner or stateless person);
  • Receipt certifying payment of the state fee.

Note: Receipt certifying payment of the state fee is submitted when the permission card for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan is presented to foreigners and stateless persons. In case of failing to pay state fee within 30 days starting from the last day of the term specified by Article 47.5 (Applications of foreigners and stateless persons for issuance of permit for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan are processed within the period provided by the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On State Fee" in accordance with the amount of state fee paid under this Law, taking into account the feedback of the relevant executive authority) of this Code, the permit for temporary residence is cancelled by the relevant executive authority.

  • Payment of the state fee is not required for the issuance of permit for temporary residence on the grounds envisaged by Articles 45.1.10-1 (In case person considered a victim of human trafficking) and 45.1.10-2 (In case person assists to criminal investigation bodies) of the Migration Code.
  • Document authorizing to temporarily stay or reside in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan is not required for the person during the applications envisaged by Article 20.3 (In case of termination of person’s citizenship of the Republic of Azerbaijan, who holds citizenship of other state (states) along with citizenship of the Republic of Azerbaijan, that person should leave the country within 30 days from the date of receipt of the official information about it or should apply to the relevant executive authority for obtaining a permit for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in case of existence of relevant grounds according to Article 45 (Cases of issuance to foreigners and stateless persons of a permit for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan) of this Code. During the processing period of such an application the person’s temporary stay in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan is considered legal) of the Migration Code.
  • Permit for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan is issued to foreigners and stateless persons who are considered as a victim of human trafficking or assisting criminal investigation bodies, upon the application of the criminal investigation body. In this case submission of documents specified in Articles 46.1.4 (A document confirming the existence of any case that serves as a basis for issuance of temporary residence permit, approved in the notarial or equivalent order), 46.1.6 (A copy of the document that entitles to stay or reside temporarily in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan), 46.1.9 (The document of a dwelling where a person will be registered (excerpt from the state register of real estate on the state registration of property right, warranty of title, a leasing (renting) contract or other document provided for in the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan)), 46.1.10 (An application of the person who provides foreigner or stateless person with a place of residence (except for cases when foreigner or stateless person is an owner of the place of residence)) and 46.1.11 (A copy of the identity document of the person who provides a foreigner or stateless person with a place of residence (except for cases when foreigner or stateless person is an owner of a place of residence)) of the Migration Code is not required. Registration upon place of residence of those persons is conducted upon the address of the criminal investigation body.
  • Copy of the passport or other border crossing document, document of a residential area where the person shall be registered (extract on the state registration of the property right from state registry of real estate, warrant for accommodation, rent or tenancy agreement or other document set forth in the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan), as well as copy of the identity document of the person providing the foreigner or stateless person with a residential area (except the cases when there is a residential area in possession of the foreigner or stateless person) shall be submitted together with their originals. After authenticity check the original documents are returned to the person who submitted them.

 Sample of the application form:

 

Permanent residence of foreigners and stateless persons in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan


Foreigners and stateless persons (except for persons, who have been granted a permit for temporary residence for being family members of foreigners or stateless persons who obtained a permit for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the grounds set out in Articles 45.1.8-45.1.11 of this Code) temporarily residing for at least 2 years without interruption in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the basis of a relevant permit can submit an application to obtain a permit for permanent residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan:

  • In case they are in close relationship with a citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • In case they invest at least 500 000 manats in the economy of the country;
  • In case they possess real estate which is worth at least 100 000 manats in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • In case they deposit money in the amount of at least 100.000 manats in the banks functioning in the Republic of Azerbaijan on the basis of a term deposit agreement;
  • In case they are highly qualified specialists in the spheres of economy, industry, military, science, culture, sports, etc;
  • In case they are specialists included to the category defined by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan who have been invited by the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan or juridical persons established in the Republic of Azerbaijan for the purpose of doing works or rendering services in the activity spheres determined by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • In case they are family members of foreigners or stateless persons temporarily or permanently residing in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • In case they hold positions of head or deputy head in the branch or representation of a foreign juridical person in the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • In case they hold positions of head or deputy head of juridical person established in the Republic of Azerbaijan, the founder or at least one of the founders of which is a foreign juridical or physical person;
  • In case they engage in entrepreneurship activity in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Note: The duration of temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan is considered uninterrupted if the person does not stay outside of the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan for more than 90 days within 180 days.

Foreigners and stateless persons should apply to the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan in case of existence of grounds for issuance of a permit for permanent residence at least 3 months before the expiry date of their permits for temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Application of a person for issuance of a permit for permanent residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan are processed within the period provided by the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On State Fee" in accordance with the amount of state fee paid under this Law and relevant decision is made by the State Migration Service.

A permit for permanent residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan is issued for the period of 5 years. At least 3 months before the expiry date of this permit, the permit for permanent residence can be extended again for 5 years upon application of foreigners or stateless persons. The number of extensions is not limited.

While processing applications of foreigners and stateless persons for issuance of a permit for permanent residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan, their knowledge of the rights and obligations provided by the laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as of the state language is checked by a commission consisting of experts from the State Migration Service, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Education. This case does not apply to children under the age of 18, foreigners or stateless persons who are over the age of 65 or disabled persons of group I (if the relevant confirming document is submitted).

Foreigners and stateless persons should submit the following documents for obtaining (extending) permit for permanent residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan:

  • Application form, sample of which approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Copy of the passport or other border crossing document;
  • Notarized copy of the birth certificate or a document equal to it (for persons without passport who are under the age of 18);
  • Reference certifying that the person is not a carrier of a virus of any disease included in the list of dangerous infectious diseases approved by the relevant executive authority;   
  • Document certifying existence of necessary funds to meet minimal needs of foreigners and stateless persons and family members arriving with them (except the cases when citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan or a person obtained a permit for permanent residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan who is a close relative of foreigner undertakes to support them during their stay in the country);
  • Copy of the permission card for temporary or permanent residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Notarized copy of the document certifying that the grounds for issuance of a permit for temporary residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan are not removed;
  • Two photos sized 3.5 x 4.5 cm;
  • Notarized consent of minors between the ages of 14-18;
  • Document of a residential area, where a person shall be registered on (extract on the state registration of the property right from state registry of real estate, warrant for accommodation, rent or tenancy agreement or other document set forth in the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan);
  • Application of the person providing the foreigner or stateless person with a residential area (except the cases when there is a residential area in possession of the foreigner or stateless person);
  • Copy of the identification document of the person providing the foreigner or stateless person with a residential area (except the cases when there is a residential area in possession of the foreigner or stateless person);
  • Receipt certifying payment of the state fee.

Note: Receipt certifying payment of the state fee is submitted by foreigners and stateless persons when the permission card for permanent residence in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan is presented to them. In case of non-payment of state fee within 30 days from the last day of the term specified by Article 54.9 (Application of a person for issuance of a permit for permanent residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan are processed within the period provided by the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On State Fee" in accordance with the amount of state fee paid under this Law and relevant decision is made by the relevant executive authority) of this Code, permit for permanent residence is cancelled by the relevant executive authority.

  • Persons investing at least 500,000 manats into the economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan are not required to submit the documents specified in Article 53.1.7 (Document certifying existence of necessary funds to meet minimal needs of foreigners and stateless persons and family members arriving with them (except the cases when citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan or a person obtained a permit for permanent residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan who is a close relative of foreigner undertakes to support them during their stay in the country) of this Code.
  • Copy of the passport or other border crossing document, document of a residential area where the foreigner or stateless person shall be registered (extract on the state registration of the property right from state registry of real estate, warrant for accommodation, rent or tenancy agreement or other document set forth in the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan), as well as copy of the identity document of the person providing the foreigner or stateless person with a residential area (except the cases when there is a residential area in possession of the foreigner or stateless person) shall be submitted together with their originals. After authenticity check the original documents are returned to the person who submitted them.

Sample of the application form: