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Procedure for obtainment of exit permit to move abroad for permanent residence

Procedure for obtainment of exit permit to move abroad for permanent residence from the Republic of Kazakhstan is regulated by the “Rules for execution of documents to move beyond the bounds of the Republic of Kazakhstan for permanent residency”.

Departure from the Republic of Kazakhstan for permanent residence is performed upon provision of consent by local migration police agencies (clause 5 of the Rules for execution of documents to move beyond the bounds of the Republic of Kazakhstan for permanent residency).

Procedure for obtainment of exit permit to move abroad for permanent residence from the Republic of Kazakhstan, and also list of required documents.

Application on moving abroad for permanent residency can be submitted by individuals who reached the age of 18 and those who are married can submit an application at the age of 16.  Documents for children and legally incapable citizens are submitted by legal representatives (parents, custodians, guardians).

Documents should be submitted in person. Internal affairs agencies are prohibited to accept documents from intermediary legal entities and individuals (clause 7 of the Rules).

To depart from the Republic of Kazakhstan for permanent residence in another country, citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan or their legal representatives should submit the following documents pursuant to clause 7 of the Rules:

  • application;
  • national ID and passport of citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • alimony agreement concluded pursuant to the procedure established by Chapter 22 of Code “On Marriage and Family”, if there are family members permanently living in the Republic of Kazakhstan to whom a departing person should legally provide maintenance payment. In case of failure to achieve agreement, a departing person provides judicial decision on determination of alimony amount in fixed monetary amount or one-time payment or provision of property in repayment for alimony or payment of alimony some other way or establishment of fact that a departing person does not have any obstacles provided by the law to move abroad;
  • abstract on withdrawal from military service registration and submission of military registration card;
  • statement made by guardianship and custodianship agencies on whether a child`s (older than 10 years old) opinion was taken into account by parents or other legal representatives when deciding on moving abroad;
  • upon moving abroad for permanent residence of the Republic of Kazakhstan citizens, who are under 18 years old with one of the parents (guardian, custodian): notarized consent of other parent residing on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan. If a consent is not provided by one of the parents, the issue of moving abroad of underaged can be settled in court.
  • copy of document certifying payment of national duty or consular fee.

Request of other documents from citizens is not allowed (clause 7 of the Rules).

In cases, when an applicant cannot get the stated documents for some reason then an issue is settled in court

Pursuant to Clause 9 of the Rules decision on issuance of exit permit to depart from the Republic of Kazakhstan for permanent residence is made not later than 30 calendar days from the date of provision of required documents.  

Important: Note that obtainment of exit permit to move abroad for permanent residence does not mean that you automatically would lose the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship.

Where one can obtain exit permit, if a citizen lives outside the Republic of Kazakhstan?

Issuance of exit permit for the Republic of Kazakhstan citizens, who moved abroad temporarily and decided to stay there for permanent residence is performed by diplomatic missions or consular offices of the Republic of Kazakhstan abroad with the agreement of local internal affairs agencies at the place of applicant`s former residence in the Republic of Kazakhstan (clause 10 of the Rules for execution of documents to move beyond the bounds of the Republic of Kazakhstan for permanent residency).

The following is to be enclosed to an application:

  • application;
  • national ID and passport of the Republic of Kazakhstan citizen, certificates of childbirth for children under 16;
  • alimony agreement concluded pursuant to the procedure established by Chapter 22 of Code “On Marriage and Family”, if there are family members permanently living in the Republic of Kazakhstan to whom a departing person should legally provide maintenance payment. In case of failure to achieve agreement, a departing person provides judicial decision on determination of alimony amount in fixed monetary amount or one-time payment or provision of property in repayment for alimony or payment of alimony some other way or establishment of fact that a departing person does not have any obstacles provided by the law to move abroad;
  • abstract on withdrawal from military service registration;
  • upon moving abroad for permanent residence of the Republic of Kazakhstan citizens, who are under 18 years old with one of the parents (guardian, custodian): notarized consent of other parent residing on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan. If a consent is not provided by one of the parents, the issue of moving abroad of underaged can be settled in court;
  • copy of document certifying payment of national duty or consular fee.

In case if national ID of the Republic of Kazakhstan citizen is absent, lost or expired, a citizen should provide an explanatory note.

Renunciation from the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship

Renunciation from the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship is performed based on voluntary will. Issues related to renunciation from the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship are regulated by the Law of the RK “On Citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan”.

 

When submitting documents for renunciation from the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship to migration service offices, an applicant should provide a note acknowledging his/her familiarization with conditions and consequences of renunciation from the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship, and also undertakes to submit Kazakhstani documents to Migration Service Department.    

Internal affairs agencies request information on an applicant in legal statistics and information bodies under General Procurator's Office regarding an applicant being liable as indictee or being convicted under court sentence.

The following information is stated by internal affairs agencies in statement on renunciation from citizenship:

  • availability/non-availability of outstanding liabilities to government or property liabilities related to the interests of citizens, government agencies and other organizations;
  • being liable as indictee;
  • data on the fact that your renunciation from the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship does not conflict with national security interests.

Thus, if a citizen is liable as indictee or serves a sentence or has outstanding liabilities to the Republic of Kazakhstan or if his/her renunciation conflicts with national security interests than pursuant to Article  20 of the Law “On Citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan” renunciation from citizenship would be declined.

You can familiarize with step-by-step guidance for citizenship renunciation, and also service delivery terms by clicking the link.

Upon renunciation from citizenship you can withdraw your pension savings. To do this, you need to apply to Integrated Accumulative Pension Fund branch where a contract on pension assignment was signed and submit the required documents. You can get more information about pension savings withdrawal and transfer by clicking the link.

Procedure for the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship renunciation is regulated by the following documents:

Regulation on Citizenship Commission

Renunciation from citizenship for citizens living abroad

Citizens also can submit an application for renunciation from citizenship living outside the Republic of Kazakhstan. Residence outside the Republic of Kazakhstan does not entail renunciation from citizenship, though non-observance of fixed conditions related to residence abroad might trigger automatic loss of Kazakhstani citizenship.   

Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan permanently living abroad (i.e. those who de-registered in internal affairs agencies of Kazakhstan, obtained exit permit for permanent residency and registered in Kazakhstani consular agencies in the country of residence) should submit an application on renunciation from the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship to the name of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan via Kazakhstani consular agencies.

The following is to be enclosed:

  • application;
  • personal history statement (drawn up personally);
  • photograph (3,5 х 4,5);
  • copy of applicant`s national ID;
  • exit permit for permanent residence issued by internal affairs agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • abstract of no criminal record;
  • copy of childbirth certificate/marriage certificate (if available);
  • document certifying the capability to obtain a foreign citizenship;
  • document certifying payment of consular fee;
  • notarized consent for renunciation from the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship and application on absence of financial or other claims from spouse or individuals who are dependent on a service recipient and residing in the Republic of Kazakhstan or copy of death certificate/ judicial decision deeming a citizen to be deceased or missing.

In the process of documents acceptance, an applicant is provided with clarifications related to legal consequences of the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship renunciation as well as to regulations of   Article 3 of the Law under which citizenship of foreign country is not acknowledged for the Republic of Kazakhstan citizens and note is made it in an application.

Applications related to citizenship of individuals under 18 and legally incapable individuals are considered upon a notarized request of legal representatives while in other countries a childbirth certificate should also be provided (adoptive parents, custodians and trustees should provide a copy of decision made by local executive bodies of Kazakhstan) or an ID document of legally incapable individual.

Upon submission of application on alteration of citizenship for a child aged 14-18, child`s consent is mandatory and should be expressed in written form and notarized while in other countries it should be notarized by a foreign mission.

Documents should be drawn up in Kazakh and Russian or other language with enclosure of notarized translation into Kazakh or Russian.

An applicant should draw up a separate statement for each family member.

Term for consideration of materials on renunciation from citizenship

Term for consideration of materials under application for alteration of citizenship in local internal affairs and national security agencies, foreign missions, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs and National Security Committee should not exceed one month in each agency. (clause 23 of the Regulation on Citizenship Commission under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan).

Service delivery result

The service delivery result is abstract on renunciation from the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship (in paper format) or decline of application on renunciation from the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship (clause 6 of the public service standard “Registration of citizenship acceptance/restoration and renunciation from the Republic of Kazakhstan citizenship”).

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