Presidential Decree dated 1 June 2016 On the simplification of
the e-visa issuance procedure and the creation of the "ASAN
A new Decree was signed in order to simplify the procedure for
issuing visas to foreigners and stateless persons arriving in
Azerbaijan, as well to create an e-visa system, ensuring
transparency and efficiency with the use of modern information
The State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations
According to the Decree, ASAN Service was instructed to
establish the "ASAN Visa" system to provide foreigners
and stateless persons with electronic visas. Draft regulations on
the "ASAN Visa" system are to be submitted by ASAN to the
President within one month.
According to the Decree, the "ASAN Visa" system will
provide the following:
Foreigners and stateless persons will
directly apply for an "ASAN Visa";
They will submit the required
information for obtaining an electronic visa and make online
payments directly to the "ASAN Visa" system;
The issuance of an electronic visa
shall take place within three working days;
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan
According to the Decree, an electronic visa will be issued only
to citizens of states included on the list approved by MFA, as well
as stateless persons residing in such countries.
Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated 6 May 2016 On
Amendments to the Migration Code Presidential Decree dated 1 June
2016 On Implementation of the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan No
223-VQD dated 6 May 2016 On Amendments to the Migration Code
Newly published amendments to the Migration Code appear to
exempt from the work permit requirement the heads and deputy heads
of legal entities established in the Republic of Azerbaijan
"where the founder or at least one of the founders is a
foreign legal entity or a [foreign] physical person." These
amendments to the Migration Code should make the migration status
of the heads and deputy heads of local companies the same as those
working in branches and representation offices of foreign legal
entities in Azerbaijan.
A further amendment to the Migration Code exempts from the work
permit requirement specialists engaged in shipbuilding activity
contracted by residents of the Garadagh Industrial Park and
contractors thereof established by citizens and legal entities of
the Republic of Azerbaijan. The qualifying specialists must have
higher education or relevant professional education in the relevant
area and must have at least one year of working experience in this
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