Cases.
Visas to Kazakhstan

Recommendations on processing of Kazakhstan visas
Here you can get acquainted with our case studies on processing of visas to Kazakhstan.
Case 1. WORK VISA PROCESSING WITHOUT DEPARTURE FROM KAZAKHSTAN. RE-REGISTRATION FROM VISA-FREE REGIME TO VISA REGIME
Situation. A new client submitted a request for visa support. The client has previously obtained work permits for foreign employees, citizens of Ukraine, by itself and the process took longer than expected.

The client asked to process work visas as quickly as possible since foreign employees were staying in Kazakhstan on visa-free regime and the client presumed that it would take much time for foreign employees to apply for visas abroad. The Company used to send its employees to Kiev in order to receive Kazakhstan visas. It was extremely inconvenient as in that case the Company had to bear expenses for air tickets, transfer and accommodation of a foreign employee and family members. Moreover, foreign employees spent much time for trips and interrupted their work.

Solution. We proposed another option of processing of work visas for foreign employees without departure from Kazakhstan. The client was duly informed about the processing time and that the procedure would take from 7 to 12 business days. We started the process on approval of the client. Our consultant prepared and submitted visa documents to the migration service department in accordance with the existing migration rules and recent changes. 2 weeks later we received and handed over the passports with work visas to the client.

Result. The client found the proposed option really attractive as visas were received in Kazakhstan and the Company did not have to bear employees' travel expenses. And most importantly, during visas procedure employees were legally staying in Kazakhstan without pauses in work.
Case 2. CAN FOREIGNERS WORK WITH A VISA-FREE REGIME?
Situation. The company involved foreign employees (US citizens) who periodically arrived to Kazakhstan under the visa-free regime and carried out work without a work permit. At the same time, foreigners were officially in the internal documentation as employees of the company, signed documents, had business cards and doorplates on the office doors with the positions held.

As a result, the first inspection by the labor inspectorate revealed the fact of illegal involvement of foreign labor. The company was imposed a fine and a one-year ban to invite foreign employees to Kazakhstan.

In this case, the employer would really be sure that the visa-free regime allows inviting foreign specialists to Kazakhstan without issuing any visa, including a working visa. In addition, if there is no need for a working visa, why it is required to draw up a work permit? The employer applied to us with this question.

Visa and work permit. First, let us determine the concepts.

VISA is a document that gives a foreigner the right to enter the territory of another country. By itself, a visa does not give a foreigner the right to work in a foreign country. This right should be provided by another official document – WORK PERMIT.

At the same time, any state can unilaterally abolish the requirement for issuing visas for citizens of specific countries, that is, establish a visa-free regime. For example, Kazakhstan in 2017, with the aim of increasing investment and tourism attractiveness, introduced a visa-free regime for 45 states. Citizens of these countries can arrive to the Republic of Kazakhstan without a visa and stay up to 30 days. The purpose of such trips can be tourism, business meetings, search for business partners, etc.

Therefore, if you invite a foreign citizen to work in Kazakhstan, regardless of whether a visa-free regime is in effect or not, you should get a work permit for it in advance. Then, based on the issued permit, it is required to issue a C3 "work" category visa for the foreigner invited for the period of validity of the permit itself.

Result. Our consultants conducted an audit of documents and explained to the employer the requirements for attracting foreign labor to Kazakhstan, defined the qualification criteria for each position for which specialists were required. Only after the expiry of the sanction, in accordance with the legislation, the work permits were obtained for foreign employees, and working visas were issued for their stay in Kazakhstan.
Case 3. FRENCH CITIZEN LEAVE AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF THE WORKING VISA
Situation. The foreign employee was in Kazakhstan on a working visa. However, he forgot about the date of its expiration, did not leave in time, and thus delayed his stay in the country. The client came to us with the question of what threatens and what to do in such a situation.

Decision. After reviewing the passport, we first noticed that the foreign employee last visited the country on July 4, i.e. a week before the expiry of the working visa - July 10. Considering that a foreigner is a subject of France, and for citizens of this country in Kazakhstan there is a visa-free regime with a permitted stay of 30 days, we offered the client the following:
  • consider the last arrival of a foreign employee as an entry by visa-free regime
  • send an employee outside the Republic of Kazakhstan not later than 30 days since the last entry, i.e. until August 3, or to extend his legal stay in the country
  • terminate the employment relationship with a foreign employee from July 10 - the expiration date of the work permit. (After this date, a foreigner, being in the country under a visa-free regime, is not entitled to carry out labor activities until a new permit is issued to him.)
  • entrust to one of the employees the obligation to control the entry and timely departure of foreign employees and their guests.

Result. Based on our consultations, the foreign employee safely left the country before the recommended deadline; thereby not violating the requirements of migration regulations and did not entail administrative sanctions on the company.

Later our consultants prepared a package of documents, issued a new permit for a foreigner, and he returned on a working visa.
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