March 27, 2013

The Kazakh Government has announced a reduction of work permit application support documents. Effective March 23, 2013, certain categories of work permit applicants are no longer required to provide a medical or police certificate nor proof of an applicant’s medical insurance coverage.

What’s Changed?

Earlier this month, the Government of Kazakhstan announced the adoption of Governmental Resolution # 44 of its Foreign Labor Force Rules reducing documentation requirements for most professional foreign workers applying for Kazakh work permits.

Effective March 23rd, skilled foreign national workers who are either localized with a Kazakh company or transferred as an ICT will no longer be required to submit the following documents:

  • Proof of personal medical insurance coverage;
  • Medical Certificate (Please note that certain HIV testing restrictions may exist for certain foreign nationals. For U.S. citizens, please see the U.S. State Department’s most recent guidance under Entry/Exit Requirements for HIV testing requirements here.
  • Criminal record certificate.

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While the above changes are not expected to drastically reduce the localized or ICT work permit application process, it is helpful that applicants will no longer be required to attend police or medical clearance requirements prior to filing their work permit applications.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

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