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Geoff Heywood, Country Manager for Fircroft Azerbaijan, discusses the details and preparations required when arranging to relocate to Azerbaijan for work.
Relocating to a new country is exciting; the prospect of living somewhere entirely different to where you are familiar with, as well as meeting new people, is something many people enjoy about contract work. However, it can also be a frustrating and lengthy task if you don’t get the process right and have the required documentation. The logistics of moving to any new country will involve accommodation, permits and insurance, yet the precise details can differ depending on the country you are moving to.
To be able to work in Azerbaijan, there are numerous factors you will need to organise and take into consideration. For example, you will need a work permit which can take up to three months to acquire, and approval for the work permit will need to be obtained before mobilisation. You will also need an initial entry visa, then a residence permit once in country. The Fircroft offices in the UK and Azerbaijan are able to guide and assist you through the mobilisation process, including help with obtaining documents for the various applications. Furthermore, we can also organise mobilisation flights, an in-country meet and greet, hotel arrangements, inductions and long term accommodation.
What documents are required?
For a work permit:
  • A diploma relevant to the position which has been notarized within the last 6 months
  • CV
  • 4 passport photos
  • Job description (obtained from client)
  • Original passport with a minimum of 18 months’ validity
  • Endorsement letter from State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (obtained by client)
  • Initial entry visa
  • Current medical to OGUK offshore standard
For a residency permit:
  • Medical to be undertaken once in country
  • 4 passport photos on a red background (can be obtained in country)
  • Original passport
  • Support letter from company

For an initial entry visa:

  • Original passport
  • Letter of invitation
  • Completed visa application form
  • 2 passport photos

For offshore work:
  • Current BOSIET or FOET certificate and VANTAGE number

If you are bringing your spouse and family with you, you will also need to provide your original marriage and birth certificates to be able to obtain residency permits for them. However, don’t be daunted by the requirements; Fircroft has been assisting the mobilisation and relocation process for many years and have extensive experience dealing with individual and bespoke requirements. If you have relocated for work in the past, you may be familiar with the procedures involved when moving to a new country. However, for those who are new to working overseas, our dedicated teams are only a phone call or email away from helping you with each stage of the journey.
To take a look at our latest roles in Azerbaijan, click here. Alternatively, please contact our office in Baku for further information.
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