The Mongolian Government is known for generally enforcing a fairly flexible investment policy, with foreign investment well received in all sectors of the economy. As there remains a significant shortage of skilled labour in Mongolia, foreign workers are therefore encouraged to fill these gaps. For companies considering sending foreign workers here is our guide to Mongolia work permits.
It is possible for companies that have established a Rep (Representative) Office or WFOE (Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise) in China to arrange HG Visas.
Foreign work permits are valid for a period of up to a year.
The process is as follows:
1. Employers initiates process
The Mongolian company sponsoring a foreign worker for their work permit must first provide a visa invitation letter to the applicant. This is a fairly complex process and requires a request to be submitted to the Immigration Agency, which then consults with the Labour and Welfare Agency before it can be authorised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. If all government agencies are in agreement regarding the application, a visa invitation letter will then be forwarded to the embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of residence. The employer must provide a signed employment contract copy, the employee’s CV and copies of any relevant education certificates.
2. Apply for HG Work Visa
The applicant must then apply for a 30-day visa at the embassy or a consulate abroad. This step can only be completed upon receipt of a visa invitation letter.
3. Register address
Once an applicant has arrived in the country, they must then register with the Immigration Agency within 7 days of arrival, inclusive of non-business days.
4. Obtain Work permit
Work permit applications are lodged with the Labour and Welfare Agency.
Working visa applications require submission of the following documents:
There are several key considerations that employer should be aware of. A key influence is that there is a foreign worker quota set by the Government of Mongolia for local and foreign companies in Mongolia. This can range from 5-80% depending on the sector in question. Generally, however, the default quota for foreign invested companies is 5%.
5. Visa extension and long-term residence permit
Within ten days of arrival, it is necessary hat the applicant’s 30 day visa be converted into a year-long multiple entry work visa. This is arranged with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. During this process, applicants must also apply for a long-term residence permit which is valid for the duration of the work permit.
Cost: A fee of 216,000 MNT per month of employment is payable to the ministry in advance + 60,000 MNT application fee.
Time: Generally around 4 weeks is required to complete this process.
|Category||Description of Visa|
|Single entry business visa (B Visa)||B Visas are single-entry business visas that are valid for a period of up to 30 days. B Visa holders cannot legally work while in Mongolia – these visitors are intended for visitors attending meetings, conferences, exhibitions and other similar events. B visas must be sponsored by a Mongolian company which is legally registered.|
|Work permit (HG Visa)||HG Visas allow foreign workers to undertake employment in Mongolia. They must be obtained in conjunction with a work permit and a residence permit. These must all be obtained prior to arriving in the country and can be extended for up to a year. A registered Mongolian company must apply for this visa for its foreign workers.|
|Foreign investor visas (T Visa)||T Visas are issued to individual foreign investors in Mongolian companies or the foreign Executive Directors of a Mongolian company. These are valid for either 6 months or 1 year, allow multiple entries, and can be renewed.|