Legal alert 26.02.2019

Kazakhstan has amended the Regulations on the Execution and Approval of Invitation Letters to Foreign and Stateless Persons Arriving to the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Issuance, Revocation and Renewal of Kazakhstan Visas, and the Extension and Reduction of Visa Validity Terms adopted by Joint Order of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 11-1-4/38 of 31 January 2019 and the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 85 of 1 February 2019 (the “Regulations”).

The key novelty is the regulation of B9 visa issuance for permanent residence in the Republic of Kazakhstan.  In particular, from now on, citizens of 45 states (please see the list at) entering and exiting Kazakhstan without visas may, upon their arrival to Kazakhstan, apply for permanent residence permit via internal affairs authorities.  In the past, such foreigners could apply for permanent residence permit only via foreign missions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The amended Joint Order entered into force on 26 February 2019.

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Licenses & Work Permits.


1. Australia
2. Austria
3. Belgium
4. Bulgaria
5. UK
6. Hungary
7. Greece
8. Denmark
9. Israel
10. Ireland
11. Italy
12. Spain
13. Iceland
14. Canada
15. Cyprus
16. Latvia
17. Lithuania
18. Luxembourg
19. Malaysia
20. Malta
21. Monaco
22. Netherlands
23. New Zealand
24. Norway
25. UAE
26. Poland
27. Portugal
28. Romania
29. Singapore
30. Slovenia
31. Slovakia
32. USA
33. Finland
34. France
35. Germany
36. Croatia
37. Czechia
38. Sweden
39. Switzerland
40. Estonia
41. South Korea
42. Japan
43. Mexica
44. Turkey
45. Chile

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