Afghanistan Compliance Advisory

29 December 2015

Afghanistan Holding Group (AHG) has published its first corporate video in English, Dari and Pashtu. Click below to take a virtual tour of our new headquarters building and the services we offer:

 
Changes to BSA visa process. Visa renewals for military contractors currently inside Afghanistan have not started yet. However, all Afghan Embassies and Consulates outside Afghanistan (listed here: http://mfa.gov.af/en/page/4183/3884) should be issuing multiple entry visas. The new BSA visa process is as follows, which bears similarities to the traditional, non-BSA visa process:

Step 1: AHG will process your application through the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) and then the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Kabul. MOFA will send an invitation letter to the particular Consulate where you will be applying for visas. Here are the items required in Kabul:
One request letter per batch on contractor letterhead listing your employee names, passport numbers, nationalities and your authorized agent
Color copy of AISA business license (must be valid for 3 years – only military contractors eligible)
Color copy of passports of all employees
$90 government fees per employee, to be paid to AISA
Step 2: Once MOFA sends the invitation letter to the Consulate, we will email you the invitation letter number. You will then provide that number to the Consulate, and they will issue the visas. Here are the items required at the Consulate:
One original request letter per batch on contractor letterhead listing your employee names, passport numbers, nationalities and your authorized agent
Original passport (must be valid for at least 6 months) of all employees
Visa application forms with two passport sized photos for all employees
Copy of each employee’s SPOT issued LOA (for DOD contractors) or NATO Contractor Certificate (one per company only, issued by Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul)
Visa fees (usually $560 for 1 year visa), to be paid to the Consulate
 
Upcoming tax deadlines. Afghan fiscal year 1394 ended 20 Dec 2015 with fourth quarter Business Receipt Taxes (remember now 4% instead of 2%) due before 1 Jan 2016 and Annual Income Tax Returns (AITRs) due before 21 March 2016. Tax exemption confirmations from the Ministry of Finance for all tax exempt contracts should be applied for as early as possible because they must be included with your AITR. More information is available at https://ahg.af/aca/.
 
 

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