As a result of improved living conditions and rapid growth coming from the successful political and economic reforms in the Republic of Azerbaijan number of foreign nationals and persons without citizenship entering our country has grown rapidly every year and resulted in more intensive migration processes. For the purposes of strengthening public control over migration processes and improving registration of entrance and departure of foreign nationals and their registration at a place of residence an Integrated Migration Information System (IMIS) has been established under the State Migration Service (SMS). SMS IMIS allows monitoring and strict supervision over location and activities of foreign nationals and persons without citizenship starting from their entrance to the country.
At the same time, foreign nationals entering our country are forced to deal with many authorities because of complexity of registration procedures and issuance of permits. In order to improve migration administration, simplify grant of permits to legally reside and engage in labor activities and registration at the place of residence for foreign nationals and persons without citizenship and to ensure transparency in this area, "one window" approach has been introduced to migration administration in accordance with the Presidential Decree dated March 4, 2009.
In this respect, keeping registers of foreign nationals and persons without citizenship permanently and temporarily residing at the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, extension of temporary stay permits to foreign nationals and persons without citizenship in Azerbaijan, issuance of permits for permanent or temporary residence at the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, registration at the place of residence, issuance of relevant ID cards, accepting documents supporting issuance of individual permits to engage in paid labor activities is handled via IMIS. SMS IMIS is integrated with Interagency Automated Information and Search Center (IAISC) and information systems of other relevant authorities.