At a Glance
Employers must submit their applications for quota numbers to sponsor foreign workers in 2020 by July 31, 2019. Employers should start preparing supporting quota application documents.
Employers must submit applications for quota numbers to sponsor foreign workers in 2020 by July 31, 2019.
A closer look
Employers can only sponsor initial and renewal applications for work permits in 2020 in accordance with the numbers and positions specified in the quota application.
Employers that do not follow the correct quota application procedure or do not file on time may receive reduced quota numbers.
Employers are advised to start preparing support documents and to contact their immigration professional for support with their regional quota application.
Sponsoring a foreign worker is generally more difficult, and for some regions impossible, if the employer has not filed a quota request in the previous year.
The quota application procedure changed considerably over 2017 and authorities are still extremely strict in reviewing applications.
The Ministry of Labor sets a general annual national quota based on the combined approval numbers. This national quota is then allocated among the regions and broken down by economic activity. In 2019, the quota amount is 48,794, whereas in 2018 it was 39,771. This increase over time was likely the result of a more regulated quota application process, which caused a greater need for foreign labor.
Quota applications will be processed and approved by the responsible Committee within the regional Department of Labor Office. The 2020 quota numbers will be determined in January 2020. An increase in the quota amount may be expected due to the growing need for foreign workers because of the improving economy in Kazakhstan.