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Rules of entry and stay of foreign citizens on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan

NC KAZAKH INVEST JSC jointly with the France-Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) held a webinar on visa regime and migration legislation for foreign investors planning to invest in Kazakhstan.  

The online event was attended by about 50 representatives of French companies.

The representative of the Service Support Department of NC KAZAKH INVEST JSC Almas Khamza clarified the main procedures for the entry of foreign citizens into the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan during the quarantine regime, “Procedure for crossing the State Border of the Republic of Kazakhstan since May 11, 2020 for the period of quarantine restrictions”, approved by the Interdepartmental Commission chaired by Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In accordance with this Procedure, foreign employees of companies of social importance are allowed to enter the Republic of Kazakhstan, according to the list approved by a specially created Interdepartmental Commission. “At the same time, since the middle of this year, the procedure has been simplified and the conditions for obtaining an A5 investor visa have been improved. The submission of documents for obtaining an application for an investor visa in electronic form via the egov.kz portal has been introduced. The term for consideration and issuance of an application through the portal is 5 working days. Currently, a multiple-entry investor visa is issued for up to 5 years, and its holders are exempt from the need to obtain a work permit.” said Almas Khamza.

In turn, the Chair of the Service Support Department of NC KAZAKH INVEST JSC Alida Tuebekova spoke about the visa and migration support provided by NC KAZAKH INVEST JSC for foreign investors in situations of the pandemic.  “Citizens of most countries at the moment need a visa to enter the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan (except for the CIS countries). NC KAZAKH INVEST JSC provides visa and migration support to foreign investors during the period of restrictive measures and quarantine,” said Alida Tuebekova.

The webinar was attended by representatives of the Frontier Service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Consular Service Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Healthcare, and the Migration Service Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

An interactive Q&A session took place as part of the event. Investors asked questions of interest and received comprehensive answers from authorized state agencies.

It should be noted that since the beginning of the year, NC KAZAKH INVEST JSC has provided investors with over 130 consultations on visa and migration issues. Moreover, 112 requests from foreigners were considered, of which 98% were resolved in favor of investors. Also 7 problematic issues were addressed.

For reference: France-Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) is a community of mutual interests of various French economic representative offices in Kazakhstan, a platform for negotiations, information exchange, allowing to develop and maintain business relations between France, French-speaking partners and Kazakhstan. FKCCI includes over 40 Members representing active French enterprises in Kazakhstan.