COVID-19: Foreign nationals’ visas extended due to pandemic

28 Sep 20

KAZAKHSTAN

IMPACT – HIGH

Kazakhstan has extended visa expiration dates until Nov. 1 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Points:

  • Visas and other legal documents with expiration dates between March 16 and Nov. 1 will remain valid through Nov. 1.
  • The extension covers foreign passports, visas of any kind, temporary residence permits, residence permits and work permits.
  • Foreign nationals without a visa may also legally stay in Kazakhstan until Nov. 1. For those who intend to stay beyond Nov. 1, the inviting party must apply for an extension of stay before that date.
  • Foreign nationals who are family members of Kazakhstan citizens may apply for a C2 category family reunion visa.
  • Employers have until Nov. 1 to apply for C3 category visa for foreign nationals for whom they previously obtained a permit.
  • Foreign nationals have until Nov. 1 to apply for a residence permit. They can do so even if the documents from the country of residence are expired.
  • The government is waiving the requirement of being in Kazakhstan for 183 days for a residency permit. Permit holders who are aboard will not have time counted against them until after Nov. 1.

Background: Air travel in Kazakhstan remains limited. Only citizens with permits or foreign nationals with some exemptions can travel. Additionally, flights are currently limited to a handful of countries.

Analysis & Comments:
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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