FAQ
A list of frequently asked
questions and answers
WORK PERMITS
Question:
Why is quota for the foreign labor force needed?
Answer:
If your company plans to engage foreign labor force next year, it is required to submit the quota request by August 1 of the current year. As the latest practice shows, issuance and extension of work permits are carried out in accordance with the number and positions specified by an employer in the application.

Employer executes the quota request by type of economic activity, specifying the required number and positions of the foreign employees attracted for next year. To the application, it is required to attach copies of the service contracts for the performance of work /provision of services/.
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Where is quota request submitted?
Answer:
The application should be submitted to the Department for coordination of employment and social programs of each region where your company operates or plans to work next year.
Question:
When is it necessary to renew work permit?
Answer:
Application along with other supporting documents for extension of work permit must be submitted not later than 30 calendar days prior to the expiration of work permit.

It is important to note that failure to comply with deadline for submission of documents shall not allow the company to extend work permit, which shall require termination of the employment relationship with the employee until new permit is received. Therefore, extension process should be initiated in time.
Question:
For what period is it possible to extend work permit?
Answer:
If a foreign worker holds a position of the first category, then work permit may be extended for a period of one, two or three years. Number of such extensions is not limited by the rules.
If a foreign worker holds a position of the second or third category, so work permit can be extended for one-year period, but not more than three times.
Question:
What should an employer consider when renewing work permit?
Answer:
  • Validity of the extended work permit begins on the date of expiration of the previously issued work permit.
  • Employer makes payment of the state duty for work permit extension as well as for issuance of the new one.
  • Once work permit is renewed, the validity period of a foreign employee's work visa must also be extended.
VISA TO KAZAKHSTAN
Question:
What is the difference between work visa and work permit?
Answer:
Work permit entitles a foreigner to work in the Republic of Kazakhstan, and work visa gives the right to enter and reside in the territory of the Republic.
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Question:
How and where is work visa issued?
Answer:
After processing of work permit, you need to send a written invitation letter for a foreign employee to the Department of the migration service (migration service) on behalf of your organization.

Once reviewed, the migration service will provide a reference number in response to your inquiry. You should send this number along with an invitation to a foreign employee by e-mail. Having received an invitation letter with a number, an employee will be able to apply for visa to the Kazakhstan consulate in the country of his/her citizenship or permanent residence. Once the formal procedures have been followed and the consular fee has been paid, C3 work visa will be pasted into an employee's passport.
Question:
What type of visa do accompanying family members to an employee need?
Answer:
If a foreign employee is accompanied by a family, then a similar visa of C3 category should be obtained for each family member. Such visa is issued for the same period of work permit validity of a foreign employee but without the right to work. In order to process work visa, it is required to provide apostilled / legalized copy of a marriage certificate and a birth certificate.
Question:
Do citizens of 57 countries of visa-free regime need work visa?
Answer:
Yes. Citizens of countries granted unilateral visa-free regime have to obtain work visa if they are travelling to Kazakhstan for work purposes.

Visa-free regime includes other purposes of travel such as business, tourism, private, and duration of these trips should not exceed 30 calendar days. Detailed information about visa waiver can be found here.
Question:
Who does not need a visa?
Answer:
Work visa for a foreign employee is not required if there is a simplified bilateral entry procedure between the country of his/her citizenship and Kazakhstan. For example, such procedure applies to the Republic of Azerbaijan, so citizens of this country do not require visa if they have work permit. These foreigners will require to obtain a temporary residence permit.
Question:
Is it necessary to renew work visa validity?
Answer:
Yes. Work visa is issued for the duration of work permit. Therefore, after work permit is renewed, you should also extend the validity of work visa. However, it is important to extend the visa term until its expiry date.

Extension of work visa of a foreign employee is carried out by the migration service without leaving the country. For this, it is required to apply to the migration service with a written request on behalf of your company in order to extend work visa validity. The application shall be attached with the original passport of a foreigner and receipt of state duty payment. After consideration, the migration service pastes work visa into the passport and returns it to an applicant.
Question:
Who bears responsibility for the late notification of arrival?
Answer:
Migration rules of the Republic of Kazakhstan provides liability for the host entity for untimely processing of work visa in the form of an administrative penalty in the amount of 10 to 20 monthly calculation indexes.
MIGRATION REGISTRATION
Question:
How to notify the migration service about arrival of an employee?
Answer:
Notification letter to the migration service must be submitted within 3 business days since arrival of an employee. In the notification it is required to specify name and surname of a foreigner, purpose of his/her visit and temporary residence address. You can download a notification letter template here.

There are two ways to submit a notification of arrival. You can submit a written notification letter to the territorial migration service. Or simply use the Visa-migration portal VMP in order to submit an electronic notification letter.
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In what cases is it required to submit a notification letter?
Answer:
You should notify the migration service:
  • each time a foreign worker or a family member arrives in the country;
  • when an employee changes temporary residence address;
  • when an employee travels to other regions of Kazakhstan for more than 5 calendar days.
Question:
Who bears responsibility?
Answer:
According to the existing migration rules, an employer, as the host party, bears full liability for the late notification of the migration service about arrival of a foreigner. This administrative violation entails a penalty in the amount of 10 to 20 monthly calculation indexes.
Question:
When and how to obtain a temporary residence permit?
Answer:
If a foreign employee arrived in Kazakhstan from the CIS countries (including the Eurasian Economic Union countries) and plans to stay the country for more than 30 calendar days, the host entity is obliged to duly obtain a temporary residence permit at the migration service.

To obtain a temporary residence permit, it is required to submit a written application to the migration service on behalf of your company. You should attach the original passport of a foreigner and a copy of work permit to an application form.

For citizens of Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan work permit is not required. Therefore, an employer needs to submit a copy of the employment contract along with an application form in order to obtain a temporary residence permit.
Question:
For what period is it possible to obtain a temporary residence permit?
Answer:
Temporary residence permit is obtained for up to 1 year, but cannot exceed the period of the passport validity. However, at the departure and new arrival of a foreign employee in Kazakhstan, it is required to reapply for a temporary residence permit.
Question:
Do accompanying family members need a temporary residence permit?
Answer:
Yes. Temporary residence permit is necessary for a spouse of a foreign employee and children over 16 years old. A marriage certificate will be required for processing a temporary residence permit for a spouse, and a birth certificate for a child (notarized copy is sufficient if a document issued in the territory of the CIS member states). Children under 16 years old are exempt from obtaining a temporary residence permit.
Question:
Who bears responsibility?
Answer:
According to the existing migration rules, an employer, as the host party, bears full liability for untimely processing of the documents for the right of stay of a foreign worker in Kazakhstan. This administrative violation entails a penalty in the amount of 10 to 20 monthly calculation indexes.
STAY IN KAZAKHSTAN
Question:
Does an employer need to conclude the employment contract with a foreigner?
Answer:
After obtainment of work permit, an employer shall conclude the employment contract with a foreign employee.
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Question:
What conditions should the employment contract contain?
Answer:
In general, the employment contract with a foreign employee shall comply with the provisions of the Labor Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan. However, the following clauses should be specified in the contract with a foreign employee:
  • number and validity of work permit;
  • territory of work permit as a location;
  • job title of an employee according to work permit;
  • conditions of repatriation of the body to the homeland in the event of an employees' death.
    Question:
    For what period is the employment contact with an employee concluded?
    Answer:
    Employment contract with a foreign employee is concluded for the duration of work permit. In case of early termination of the employment relationship, an employer should cancel work permit and visa of a foreign employee.
    Question:
    Who does not require the employment contract?
    Answer:
    The employment contract is not required when a foreign employee is seconded to Kazakhstan as part of the intra-corporate transfer or under a contract for the execution of works /provision of the services/, if a foreign legal entity-employer carries out its activities in the RoK without the branch or representative office.
    Question:
    Is it required to obtain individual identification number for employees?
    Answer:
    Individual identification number (IIN) is required for a foreigner to receive salary in the territory of the RoK, government services (for example, procurement of the police clearance certificate, apostille), to pay for state duties, consular fees and other payments.

    Employer needs to apply for IIN for a foreign employee to the tax service at the place of his/her temporary residence. To obtain IIN, the following documents are required:
    • application specifying the address of temporary residence;
    • notarized copy of the passport with translation into Russian and/or Kazakh language;
    • Power of Attorney if the documents are submitted by the representative.
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