The Regulation on Recruitment of Foreigners in Afghanistan Institutions was enacted pursuant to Article 4 of the Afghan Labor Law. This Regulation addresses the conditions of recruitment of foreigners in Afghan institutions. This regulation entered into force on 30/04/1384 (July 21, 2005) after its publication in Official Gazette No. 858.
Amendment to the Procedure on Work Permit Distribution Process
In accordance with the previous Work Permit Distribution Procedure, an applicant could obtain a work permit by providing the original passport, two photos, a valid visa with an entry stamp, an original business license of the organization with two copies, and a copy of the employment contract. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new requirements have been added to foreigners’ work permits in the amended procedure. The new amendments require foreigners to have a health insurance certificate and medical examination certificate, in addition to the previously required documents. Details on insurance type/amount or the medical examination are not provided in the amendment of the procedure. Meaning that the applicant can do a full body check-up and obtain a certificate from a local clinic or laboratory and provide it to the Work Permit Directorate of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. The requirement for extending a work permit is not changed though. The applicant may extend his/her work permit by providing the expired work permit, two photos, and a work permit application form. If an organization appoints a foreign citizen employee without obtaining a work permit, after the entry date of the foreign employee in Afghanistan, he/she has to pay a 200 AFS penalty per day. The work permit will be issued for a period of one year, if the organization does not extend or cancel the work permit within 15 days after the expiration of its validity date, then they have to pay a 150 AFS penalty per day.