• New Restrictions on Business Visitors
  • June 7, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • A new law in Kazakhstan took effect June 1, 2013 that reorganized the country’s visa classification system. There are no significant changes for foreign nationals requiring a work visa, but there are new restrictions for business visitors.

    There are now two general categories of visas: nonimmigrant visas for diplomatic, service, investor, business, missionary, tourist, and transit activities; and immigrant visas for work, permanent residence, family reunion, education, work and humanitarian stays.

    Business visas are now divided into eight subcategories based on the specific types of activities a visitor intends to perform, with each visa subcategory now having its own maximum allowable stay per entry. For example:

    • The D1 Business Visa is used for participation in conferences, symposiums or similar events and lecturing or teaching at academic institutions. Visitors in this subcategory must limit each stay to 30 days.
    • The D2 Business Visa is used for business trips, assembling or maintaining equipment, negotiating or signing contracts, or consulting and auditing services. Visitors in this subcategory must limit each stay to 60 days.
    • The D3 Business Visa is used by participants in student and school exchange programs and for humanitarian assistance. Visitors in this subcategory must limit each stay to 30 days.

    Business visitors are not allowed to extend the validity of the visas, which are issued according to the time requested in the invitation letters submitted in support of their visa application. Visitors in all of the new business visa subcategories must also limit their cumulative stay in Kazakhstan to 60 days per six month period. The annual maximum cumulative period of stay for business visitors remains 120 days.

    The new rules seek to harmonize Kazakhstan’s entry and exit rules, while also reducing the number of foreign nationals involved in impermissible work, entrepreneurial, and other for-profit activities.