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Immigration support for hiring expats in Belarus via a PEO

If your business objectives are related to hiring expatriate personnel in Belarus, there are some things you need to consider. Among them are:

  1. the peculiarities of immigration procedure in the country
  2. documents required to get a work permit
  3. in-country employment and payroll for foreign citizens after visa has been issued.

Given the fact that expats are often sent abroad for short-term projects, many companies often opt for no entity hiring. This means companies look for simpler, more cost-effective options versus onboarding and paying expats through their own local subsidiaries

For companies hiring and paying expats overseas and particularly in Belarus, a global PEO with work permit support as part of the service might be a viable alternative to incorporation in the country. A PEO service company will walk you and your expats through every step of immigration procedure in Belarus. After the work permit or visa have been received, a PEO provider would officially onboard and payroll your expats in a foreign country on your behalf.

Acumen International has been hiring and payrolling our clients’ expatriates in Belarus both short- and long-term. If you need to legally hire and pay the expatriates in Belarus, we can help you. Regardless of business objectives and timelines, Acumen International can arrange end-to-end work permit support for hiring your expats in full legal compliance with local labor legislation after the permit documents have been issued.

Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution is designed for:

  1. employer companies like yourself that want to relocate the selected expats to Belarus
  2. individuals that have an employer that is ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country
  3. the service is mainly used by companies hiring highly skilled personnel that they send abroad to fill some top positions in Belarus.

Note: Having a single provider that would sponsor a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs expats in Belarus, minimizes risks of visa rejection. In addition, it takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, Acumen International can provide extra benefits in addition to work permit received for further employment of expats in Belarus. This includes medical insurance, housing, office rent, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, etc.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Belarus takes between 7 to 30 working days to process a Belarus work permit.


Major steps to get a work permit in Belarus

To receive a work permit for labor activity the employer submits the following documents to the Main Department of Internal Affairs in Mingorispolkom and the Department of Internal Affairs:

  1. the application;
  2. copy of the foreigner’s passport;
  3. a confirmation of the processing fee having been paid.

Documents are considered within 15 days. If approved, the work permit is valid for one year from the approval date, and can be prolonged when the end date draws near. If a foreign specialist plans to work for several Belorussian employers, they must receive a permit for each of them.

The employer intending to use a work-force of more then 10 foreign specialists who do not having permanent residence, have to obtain a permit allowing them to hire foreigners. These documents are issued by the Department of Nationality and Migration. It’ worth noting that citizens of the Republic of Belarus and foreigners permanently residing in Belarus, take priority in the right of employment. This means that the employer can hire foreign specialists only if they are unable to find citizens or permanent residents to fill the position. Therefore, before obtaining a working permit it is necessary to submit the open position to the Department of Employment the details of the vacancy.


Documents for work permit in Belarus, main applicant

Type of documents
Application form;
Copies of documents confirming the state registration of the legal entity or individual entrepreneur
An extract out of the trade register of a country of foreign company’s origin (if the foreign company acts as an employer)
The draft of the employment contract signed and stamped by the employer
The guarantee letter that confirms the ability to provide foreign employees with accommodation;
A receipt confirming that the processing fee has been paid

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Belarus without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Belarus.

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