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;

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).