- Country Name: Republic of Kazakhstan
- Capital: Astana
- Population: 17,563,300 (Aug 2015 estimate)
- Language: Kazakh, Russian
- Time Zone: West/East (UTC+5 / +6)
- Dialing Code: +7 - 6XX / +7-7XX
- Currency: Tenge (KZT)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Kazakhstan. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
Kazakhstan is one of the world’s top ten oil producers and the biggest producer of uranium. Foreign companies such as international banks also have branches in Kazakhstan. In addition, there are increasing numbers of jobs for expats teaching English.
There are effectively two routes to obtaining a work permit for Kazakhstan:
Work Permit for Managers, Specialists and Qualified Workers – for all individuals going to work in Kazakhstan (whether for an LLC, representative or branch office)
Representative Office Work Visa for Chief Executives – chief executives (first category workers) going to a representative office in Kazakhstan. The process is quicker than that for other categories of workers as no work permit application is needed. However, note that the applicant is required to be on local payroll and contract in Kazakhstan.
Business visitors can be granted a Business Visa with single, double or multiple entry to enter Kazakhstan temporarily for permitted business activities.
Processes and requirements will vary according to the job title, skills and salary of the applicant, the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We therefore recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
However, the general process generally involves: a local labour market search to demonstrate that there is no one available from the local labour force, medical screening, submission of the work permit application, bank guarantee from the Kazakh entity as proof that the foreign executive will leave Kazakhstan at the end of the work permit duration.
Family dependant applications are submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs once the main applicant’s work permit is issued. Then upon receipt of the original work permit the applicant and family can apply for entry visas at the Kazakh diplomatic post. Post-entry to Kazakhstan the assignee is required to register with the Migration Police in person.
Note that Work permit applications are reviewed by a committee which gathers once a month
Requirements will vary according to the job title, skills and salary of the applicant, the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We therefore recommend that you contact us for up-to-date, case-specific information.
Applicants will be required to submit a variety of personal documents to support the application which include, but are not limited to: passport and translated copy, CV, degree certificate, job description, employment contract/assignment letter, lease contract in Kazakhstan, birth and marriage certificates for any family dependants; as well as a variety of corporate documents that may include: Certificate of Registration, confirmation of commitment to training, Charter of Incorporation, TRN Certificate, employment contract with KZ entity, bank guarantee, company support letters.
Some personal documents may need to be legalised prior to submission. Some documents will also need to be translated. Newland Chase can assist with this.
Processing times will vary according to type of work permit, country of application, and nationality of the applicant and any dependants. However, an indication of processing times is as follows:
Work Permit for Managers, Specialists and Qualified Workers – Typically takes 2 to 5 months until entry to Kazakhstan
Representative Office Work Visa for Chief Executives – 1 to 3 months until entry to Kazakhstan, and a further 1 day before the whole process is completed
Both types of Work Permit are initially granted for up to 12 months ad can be renewed
Some nationals are exempt from the need to obtain a business visa for short visits of up to 15 days. For visits of longer duration and those not subject to visa waiver, a business visa is required. Check with Newland Chase before you travel to find out whether you need a visa.
It is strictly prohibited to work on a Business visa or under a visa-waver agreement. Therefore, while there is nothing to stop you from looking for jobs, you would not be able to commence any form of employment until you have acquired the appropriate work authorisation, which must be applied for overseas.
Please note that residents of certain countries such as Azerbaijan, Belarus and Russia are visa exempt and can enter Kazakhstan on business purposes for an unlimited period of stay. Please contact Newland Chase for further advice.
Important Note: If you violate the conditions of your visa, you could face a short term of imprisonment and/or a ban on entry to Kazakhstan for up to 5 years. Overstaying the date written on your white immigration card may result in similar penalties, regardless of the validity of your visa.
The only route to permanent residency is via family ties – ie Kazakh parents or spouse.
Requirements are subject to change and the application process will vary depending on visa type, country of application, nationality and personal circumstances, As such we advise consult with your Newland Chase Immigration Advisor for current and detailed information.
Some supporting documentation will require legalisation, which, depending on the country of origin, may take several weeks.
Non-compliance with Kazakh immigration rules could incur penalties such as fines, deportation or even imprisonment. It is therefore of the utmost importance that your company is always up-to-date on the latest immigration requirements.