Armenia exit work permits for foreign workers in 2020
As a general rule, an Armenian visa holder is only entitled to work in Armenia if he / she also has a work permit. Highly skilled foreign professionals, business owners, executives and some other categories of workers are exempt from work permit requirements.
Transfer of employees (skilled or unqualified) is subject to obtaining a work permit and, if necessary, a temporary residence permit. The work permit must be submitted on behalf of the legal employer and issued throughout the term of the employment contract.
Work permit requirements do not apply to the following categories of foreigners:
Holders of permanent or private residence permits;
Holders of temporary residence permits if this permit is issued on the basis that they are family members of another holder of a permanent residence permit (private, temporary);
Founders, directors and representatives of foreign-invested trade organizations;
Foreigners working in the representative offices of foreign companies;
Foreign specialists working to install or repair machinery and other equipment purchased from foreign companies or to train local staff to operate these machines or equipment;
Highly qualified foreign specialists in the fields of natural sciences and information technology (1. technician, operation and maintenance of computing equipment and computer systems; 2. technician, operation of computer machines, complexes, systems and networks; 3. site designer), agriculture (1. agronomist); 2. farmer; 3. technician – farmer), as well as foreigners with a higher education in 1. information and communication technology; 2. Organization and administration; 3. Food technology. 4. Finance.
Family members of diplomatic personnel;
Foreigners working in the border areas;
Temporary workers in sports and culture;
Inviting lecturers to give lectures at Armenian educational institutions;
Accredited representatives of foreign media organizations;
Granting refugees and foreigners the right to asylum;
Students working during holidays on exchange programs;
The arrival of foreigners in Armenia on the basis of international agreements;
Foreigners are exempt from work permit requirements under international agreements.
A business visitor can not do business activities while in Armenia, unless these activities are exempt from work permit requirements. Activities permitted during a business trip include meetings, interviews, discussions, negotiations, exploring business opportunities, attending conferences, making field visits, receiving orders, or purchasing goods or services. If the Armenian entity pays the salary or any other reward, it will be proof of work.
Employers who have already used foreign employment while the work permit systems are in place do not have to apply for work permits until the current labor agreements expire. However, they must submit copies of these employment agreements to the MLSA within 60 days. Any new appointment will require a work permit.
Employees who are employed by a foreign company (who remain on the foreign entity payroll) are generally exempt from work permit requirements.
Unless a foreign individual is exempt from work permit requirements, the business owner must first obtain a work permit by applying to MLSA. Migrants usually apply for a temporary residence permit in order to obtain permission to live and work in Armenia.
The process at MLSA includes a test for the Armenian market to ensure there are no qualified Armenian workers available to fill the position. If MLSA identifies Armenian citizens who may suit the employer’s requirements, they will be referred to the employer for an interview. The employer does not have to advertise the vacancy or provide a specific fee (as long as the minimum monthly salary requirements are met).
If the MSLA does not refer any candidate to the employer or if the employer rejects these candidates for good reasons, the employer is allowed to apply for a work permit for a particular foreigner. Work permit is of limited duration and renewable upon request. From the moment the work permit is granted, a foreign citizen can start work in Armenia.
After obtaining a work permit, a foreign citizen must apply for a temporary residence permit at the Police Passports and Visa Administration in Yerevan. The application must be accompanied by supporting documents, including results of medical tests. The temporary residence card will be issued within approximately 30-45 days of the date of application.
Documentation, schedule and costs
Under current employment regulations, the permit can take at least 13 working days.
The business owner or employee must pay the fees for obtaining a work permit (AMD 25,000 or about $ 52 USD) and, if necessary, a temporary residence permit (AMD 105,000 or about $ 219 USD).
The following documents must be submitted by the MLSA business owner:
The employee’s passport
Diplomas and other documents that show education or qualification, with consular legalization (or apostille)
Two pictures (3 x 4 cm)
Proof of government fees payment
MLSA holds all documents, except for the employee’s passport.
The Administrative Violations Act provides penalties for immigration violations / work permits. Failure to obtain a work permit / residence permit is punishable by a fine of 100,000 to 150,000 AMD (approximately 208 to 313 USD). Excess of visa duration or immigration status violation is punishable by a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 USD (about 104 to 208 USD).
If, after obtaining a work permit, the employer fails to provide the job for which the permit was obtained, the employer must cover the costs of returning and living travel and the expenses of transferring the personal property of the worker and the family members accompanying them.
The employer or employee must pay the fee for a work permit (AMD 25,000 or about $ 52 USD) and, if necessary, the tempo