Kazakhstan changes conditions for A-5 visa-issuance
Now investors can apply online and receive the Investor Visa Referral Letter of the Investment Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan in 5 working days via the elicense.kz Internet-portal, Strategy2050.kz reports.
Temporarily application through the Public Service Centers is also available. In this case, the review period will not exceed 11 working days. In addition, according to the novelties, the Investor Visa Referral Letter from the authorized authority for investments may also be provided to an individual.
The investor visas are granted only to the heads of legal entities and individuals engaged in investment activities on the territory of Kazakhstan, as well as their family members. This category of visa has no restrictions on the duration of stay in the country within the period of its validity. While a business visa holder can stay in Kazakhstan for no more than 60 days at each entry.
The procedure for obtaining the A-5 investor visa includes 3 public services: obtaining of the Investor Visa Referral Letter from the authorized authority for investment, an invitation through the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan and an investor visa at the overseas missions of Kazakhstan.
“Against the background of the spread of the coronavirus infection, business activity has slowed down as expected, and we witness global FDI reduction. This is the time for us to do our homework and optimize the processes. Recently, we have digitized the public service of investment contract conclusion, it is now available online, visa and migration services were also simplified and automated”, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Almas Aidarov.
For the period of quarantine restrictions from May 11, 2020, foreign citizens are allowed to enter the territory of Kazakhstan when crossing the border only if they have the permission of a special Interdepartmental Commission, which considers each individual case on a case-by-case basis. All incoming foreigners must comply with anti-epidemic requirements.