Kyrgyzstan economy is small and struggling. The country is mainly an agricultural society with a large portion of its GDP coming from remittances or through re-export of Chinese merchandise. Majority of the expatriates that work in Kyrgyzstan are employed in the developmental sector, mining or for multinationals and non-governmental organizations. Regardless of the few recent uprisings, the country is still considered relatively safe compared to other countries in the area, and is incredibly endowed with natural beauty. Many organizations prefer to set up base here for carrying out projects in the region.

Kyrgyzstan is not a very trendy expatriate destination which is why seasonal work and temporary work are not common. Westerners are hardly ever seen outside the larger cities. Part of the reason is that salaries here are much lower than those for similar jobs in the western countries and in many cases even other countries in the region. But then living well in Kyrgyzstan is also very cheap compared to western countries and provides one with the experience of living in a new culture. The competition for unskilled work in construction sector is high and wages very low making it unfeasible for foreign workers.

There are a number of foreign mining companies operating here, leading to options for expatriate jobs in Kyrgyzstan. This also gives rise to short term employment in educational sector as the demand for native English speakers and to a smaller degree, speakers of European languages is very high.

All foreign national wishing to work in Kyrgyzstan require a work permit. Work permits have to be arranged before landing in the country, this means the job contract must be in hand before arrival. Most large organizations will take care of this duty. Potential employees must take care when taking on jobs at smaller language schools as not all of them will assume this chore. Also allow ample time for the work permit as it takes significantly longer than the typical 30 day visa.


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