In January – March 2021, employers in Minsk signed labor agreements and contracts with 757 foreign employees (for the same period in 2020 - from 1,355), Acting Head of the Citizenship and Migration Directorate of the Main Internal Affairs Directorate of the Minsk City Executive Committee Oleg Shepetyuk commented to the news outlet Minsk-Novosti.
In particular, labor migrants from China - 249, Ukraine - 121, Uzbekistan - 47, Turkey - 54 were hired. Citizens of Georgia, Serbia, USA, Tajikistan, Latvia, India, Iran and other states also work in the country.
“The majority of foreigners (68%) found jobs in the construction sector as bricklayers, carpenters, concrete workers, fitters, assemblers and other specialties,” O. Shepetyuk said. - 11% took up vacancies in trade and public catering enterprises, 4% became heads of their own enterprises and organizations. The rest were distributed in the areas of IT, education, service, manufacturing and other industries.
Foreigners are required to apply for a work permit to be able to work in Belarus. Usually the employer handles the work permit process on behalf of their future foreign employees. The process consists of applying for a work permit at the labor authority, and afterwards applying for a work visa and possibly a temporary residence permit at the migration authorities. The permits are granted usually for a 1-year period. This requirement also applies for foreign heads of companies.
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