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Kazakhstan Reciprocity Schedule
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months A-2 None Multiple 60 Months A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months B-1 None Multiple 120 Months B-2 None Multiple 120 Months B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months * C-1 None One 3 Months C-1/D N/A N/A N/A C-2 None One 3 Months C-3 None Multiple 60 Months CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months D None Multiple 12 Months E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2 2 None Multiple 12 Months E-2C 12 None Multiple 60 Months F-1 None Multiple 60 Months F-2 None Multiple 60Months G-1 None Multiple 60 Months G-2 None Multiple 60 Months G-3 None Multiple 60 Months G-4 None Multiple 60 Months G-5 1 None Multiple 60 Months H-1B None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-2A None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-2B None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-2R None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3 I None Multiple 60 Months J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months K-1 None One 6 Months K-2 None One 6 Months K-3 None Multiple 24 Months K-4 None Multiple 24 Months L-1 None Multiple 24 Months L-2 None Multiple 24 Months M-1 None Multiple 60 Months M-2 None Multiple 60 Months N-8 None Multiple 12 Months N-9 None Multiple 12 Months NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A O-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3 O-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3 O-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3 P-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3 P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3 P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3 P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3 Q-1 6 None Multiple 12 Months 3 R-1 None Multiple 12 Months R-2 None Multiple 12 Months S-5 7 None One 1 Month S-6 7 None One 1 Month S-7 7 None One 1 Month T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A T-2 None One 6 Months T-3 None One 6 Months T-4 None One 6 Months T-5 None One 6 Months T-6 None One 6 Months TD 5 N/A N/A N/A U-1 None One 1 Month U-2 None One 1 Month U-3 None One 1 Month U-4 None One 1 Month U-5 None One 1 Month V-1 None Multiple 120 Months V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8 V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
Visa Category Footnotes
The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:
- G-1 through G-4
- NATO 1 through NATO 6
An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.
Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.
The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.
Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.
There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.
Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.
In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).
However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.
Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.
Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.
Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.
Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.
No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.
V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.
Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:
- T-2 (spouse)
- T-3 (child)
- T-4 (parent)
The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.
The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.
The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.
Civil documents, except as noted below, are generally available in the Republic of Kazakhstan. On December 30, 2000, Kazakhstan joined the Hague Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, which eliminated the process of Kazakhstani officials' signature authentication and authorized certain state bodies to provide apostilles. The apostille is accepted in all countries that are parties to the Hague Convention. Documents that override an apostille need not be authenticated by an U.S. consular officer for use in the United States. In the U.S., Kazakhstani documents can be requested through the Embassy of Kazakhstan, 1401, 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. Some civil records were destroyed during World War II and may not be available. Local authorities, generally, will issue a certificate to that effect, although the process may take months. A replacement statement of identity is also available from local authorities where the birth certificate is unavailable.
Birth, Death, Burial Certificates
Available from the Offices of Registration of Civil Events (ZAGS).
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Available from the Offices of Registration of Civil Events (ZAGS).
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Kazakhstani Internal Residence Documents
There are four types of documents with which a person may reside in Kazakhstan:
- "Internal" local ID card (udostovereniye lichnosti). A local ID card providing identity information and specifying a city or region of residence is mandatory for Kazakhstani citizens over the age of sixteen. In case of a change in the city or region of residence, the local ID card should be changed to reflect the current place of residence.
- Temporary certification from the Offices of Internal Affairs in lieu of passport (spravka)
- Foreigner's residence permit (Vid na Zhitel'stvo dlya Inostrantsa)
- Residence permit for stateless persons (vid na zhitel'stvo dlya lits bez grazhdanstva)
Each of these documents is surrendered when a person is allowed to leave Kazakhstan for permanent residence abroad.
Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. An official document may be obtained from any of the Ministry of Justice Public Service Centers (ЦентрОбслуживанияНаселения - ЦОН).
- Kazakhstani citizens and residents can request their own police record by applying in person directly to the Public Service Center (PSC) which has jurisdiction over their place of residence.
- Former residents of Kazakhstan who are currently citizens of other countries must apply in person or through a personal representative. Former residents can request their police records at any PSC, regardless of where they used to reside in Kazakhstan.
- Kazakhstani citizens, who now live outside the Republic of Kazakhstan , can apply at Kazakhstani diplomatic missions abroad or at a PSC through a personal representative.
- Third parties (embassies, consulates, etc.) can request police records by diplomatic note only.
Applicants need to present either an original or a notarized copy of an identification document. Personal representatives must have a notarized power of attorney from the subject of the police records search along with a notarized copy of the subject’s passport or Kazakhstani national ID. The application form should include all names that the applicant has ever used.
The issued certificate shows:
- If a criminal record exists (and the articles of law involved);
- If a person has been reported missing and/or wanted;
- If a person is under investigation.
Information is cataloged by last name (or any name previously used), first name, Date of Birth and Place of Birth. According to the Kazakhstani Criminal Code, criminal convictions can be sealed upon the completion of a sentence; nevertheless, the certificate will reflect the criminal record history. The certificate can have a statement or a stamp. In most cases, when an individual has a "clean" record, the certificate is marked with "no record found" ("svedeniy net"), date and name stamps. Some records go back as far as 55 years. Records are available in Russian language only. Processing time is 7 business days. In cases when an applicant has a criminal record, processing may take up to 1 month.
More information about obtaining a Police Certificate is available at:
- Republic Call Center of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan: +7-727-2580058
- Center of Justice Statistics and Special Registration (CJSSR) of at the following address and telephone number:
73 Seifullin Street
Court records are available to the individual for use in Kazakhstan, but authorities may refuse certification to permit the export of some court records.
Individuals who have served in the military are issued a military service document (voyenniy bilet) which contains information on the length of service and circumstances of discharge. If the military service document is lost, a replacement certificate can be issued, by Voenkomat, which has jurisdiction over an applicant's most recent place of residence. Note that all documents connected with service in the Armed Forces must be surrendered before a permanent exit stamp can be issued in the passport of a person taking up permanent residence abroad. However, an appropriate substitute certificate is available.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
Available. There are three types of Kazakhstani travel documents or external passports:
- "diplomatic" (diplomaticheskiy),
- "official" (sluzhebny),
- "regular" (obshche-grazhdanskiy).
The first two types of passports are always issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Astana. The third is issued by the Ministry of Justice. A Kazakhstani exit visa is required only for bearers of regular passports who leave Kazakhstan for permanent residence abroad.
Kazakhstan does not recognize dual citizenship. Persons emigrating from Kazakhstan are not permitted by local law to retain their Kazakhstani citizenship once they become citizens of another country. Only children adopted from Kazakhstan by foreigners retain Kazakhstan citizenship until the age of 18 years old and they are allowed to use both passports to enter and/or exit Kazakhstan.
Visa Issuing Posts
3, Ak Bulak-4; Astana, 010010, Kazakhstan
Tel: 7 7172 70-21-00
Fax: 7 7172 70-22-80
NIV only for all of Kazakhstan
97, Zholdasbekov Street, Samal-2
Almaty, 050059, Kazakhstan
Tel: 7 727 250-48-02
Fax: 7 727 250-48-84
All categories for all of Kazakhstan.
Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.