The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan jointly with the competent authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan developed the new "Rules of issuance of visas of the Republic of Kazakhstan” (hereinafter - the Rules). On April 26, 2013 these Rules were registered in the State legal documents registration List under the # 8407.The main purpose of adoption of these Rules aimed to bring its provisions according to the “Migration" Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated July 22, 2011 and improve the current Visa Regulations, as well as to harmonize entry, exit and stay of foreign citizens in the territory of Kazakhstan.During the preparation of these Rules the visa policy experience of different countries of the world was taken into account. The Rules establish completely new types of visas, such as "non-immigrant" and "immigrant". In particular, non-immigrant visas include the following types - diplomatic, service, investor, business, missionary, tourist, private and transit. The immigrant visas consist of the permanent residence, family reunion, education, work and humanitarian. According to the new Rules the visas are divided into categories as follows. The diplomatic visa is divided into "A1", "A2" and "A3", Service - "B1", "B2" and "B3", Investor - "C1" and "C2," Business - «D1», «D2», «D3», «D4», «D5», «D6», «D7» and «D8», and etc.It should be noted that these Rules are aimed to create favourable conditions for foreigners, who travel to Kazakhstan with private, tourist and business purposes.The tourist visas can be issued single, double and triple up to 90 days with the right to stay in Kazakhstan no more than 30 days at each entry. In accordance with the Rules the foreign entrepreneurs, who travel to Kazakhstan, can obtain business-immigrant visas up to 1 year.According to the written request of the competent Kazakhstan authority the foreign investors can obtain single entry investor visas up to 90 days and multiple entry investor visas up to 3 years.The citizens of 48 countries of the world will enjoy a simplified procedure for obtaining single entry visas without invitation letters (visa support). The new Rules also allow to establish equal conditions on a reciprocal basis (parity) to issue visas with foreign countries.At the same time in order to reduce the flow of foreigners, who are involved in illegal entrepreneur, labor and other profitable activities in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the new Rules restrict stay in Kazakhstan the above mentioned persons. The foreigners, who come to Kazakhstan to participate in conferences, forums, exhibitions, cultural and scientific events can obtain short term D1 business visas. The validity period of single, double and triple D1 visas is 90 days with the right to stay in Kazakhstan no more than 30 days at each entry.D2 business visas are issued for the foreigners, who come to Kazakhstan for a business trip to install, repair and maintain technical equipments as well as to participate in youth, student and school exchange programs. These visas will be issued up to 1 year with the right to stay in Kazakhstan no more than 60 days within 180 days. D3 business visas are issued for the foreigners, who come to Kazakhstan with humanitarian purposes, negotiations, consultations, auditor services and to conclude contracts. These visas can be issued up to 3 years with the right to stay in Kazakhstan no more than 30 days at each entry. The total period of foreigner’s stay in Kazakhstan must not exceed 60 days within 180 days.The new Rules do not allow to extend validity period of business visas, issued according to the invitation letters of the legal entities. The validity period of private, tourist and transit visas also will not be extended. Before providing the visa support or issuing a visa the political and migration situation of the foreigner’s residence place will be taken into account. The family reunion visa for the foreigners, who travel to Kazakhstan with the purpose of family reunion, will be issued up to 1 year. In this case the invitation letter can be provided by Kazakhstan citizens, ethnic Kazakhs and former compatriots, temporarily residing in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the immigrants, permanently residing in Kazakhstan and business immigrants. The Rules also determine issuance of private visas for the foreigners, who travel to Kazakhstan to adopt children - citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan. These visas will be issued up to 180 days with the right to stay in Kazakhstan no more than 120 days. According to the new Rules the missionary visas are divided into 2 categories as follows. The missionary visas will be issued for the foreigners, who come to the Republic of Kazakhstan for missionary activity. The religious visas will be issued for the foreigners, who come to Kazakhstan for religious activity. These visas will be issued up to 180 days and can be extended for another 180 days at Kazakhstan migration police (previously the missionary visas were issued only for 180 days and not extended in Kazakhstan). And now family members of the foreigners, who come to Kazakhstan for missionary activity, can also obtain missionary visas.The Rules define issuance of visas for the foreigners, who travel to the Republic of Kazakhstan with humanitarian purposes. These visas are issued for the volunteers, who come to Kazakhstan to provide free education, health services, charity donations and humanitarian aids.According to the accreditation cards issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the employees of the diplomatic missions, consular offices and international organizations, accredited in Kazakhstan, as well as their family members shall enter to the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan without visas. The above mentioned cards shall replace Kazakhstan’s visas for the accreditation period. The full text of the new Visa Rules can be found at the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan at www.mfa.gov.kz.These Rules will enter into force in 1st June of 2013.
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