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How to obtain citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan?

The relationship between the state and its citizens implies certain rights and obligations to each other. The state can grant exclusive rights to its citizens, for example, the right to elect and be elected, to hold public office, etc. Therefore, if you need to become a citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan for any reason read this article to find out the procedure of obtaining the citizenship.

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Determining the possibility of providing citizenship

First, it is needed to determine whether you fall into one of the following categories of persons who can be admitted to the citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Article 16 of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Citizenship”).

  1. You are a person permanently residing in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan for at least 5 years (at the time of submitting the application for citizenship, the five-year period of residence in the Republic of Kazakhstan must be continuous). Compliance with this condition is not required for admission to the citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan of minors, disabled and persons who have special merits to the Republic of Kazakhstan or have professions and meet the requirements in accordance with the list established by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and members of their families.
  2. At the time of taking up the citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan you are married to a citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan for at least 3 years.
  3. You are a citizen of the former union republics who arrived with the purpose of permanent residence in the Republic of Kazakhstan, and who has one of close relatives on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, who is a citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Close relatives include a father, mother, siblings, husband, wife, children, grandmother, grandfather, regardless of the period of their residence in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

You should know that there are also grounds for refusing in citizenship. The application for admission to the Kazakhstan citizenship will be rejected if the person requesting it:

  1. committed a crime against humanity provided or by international law, consciously opposes the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  2. calls for violation of the unity and integrity of the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  3. carries out illegal activities that damage the state security, public health;
  4. foments interstate, interethnic and religious hostility, counteracts the functioning of the state language of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  5. convicted of terrorist activities;
  6. recognized by the court as a particularly dangerous recidivist;
  7. citizen of other states (does not apply to citizens of the former union republics who came for permanent residence in the Republic of Kazakhstan, having one of their close relatives - citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, if they applied to the internal affairs bodies with a written request to renounce foreign citizenship);
  8. reported false information when applying for citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan or without valid reason did not submit the required documents within the time limits established by the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  9. has an unexpunged or outstanding conviction for committing an intentional crime in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan or outside;
  10. committed an offense in the sphere of economy and (or) legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of migration of the population within five years prior to the application to the citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  11. lost the citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan within five years before applying for citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan as a result of entry of a person into military service, security service, the police, justice authorities or other state authorities and the government of another state, except for cases provided for by interstate agreements of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  12. lost citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan within five years before applying for citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan due to the acquisition of citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan as a result of submission of knowingly false information or false documents;
  13. if a person has acquired the citizenship of another state within five years prior to applying to the citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
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Methods of obtaining citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The list of documents that need to be collected for obtaining the citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan depends on the order in which the procedure will be carried out. In the Republic of Kazakhstan there is a simplified and generally established procedure for the acquisition of citizenship.

The simplified procedure for acquisition of citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan is provided for:

  1. citizens of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan;
  2. foreign citizen(s) who is married to a citizen of Kazakhstan, and for their children;
  3. oralmans who permanently reside on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan on legal grounds, regardless of the length of their residence;
  4. rehabilitated victims of mass political repressions, as well as their descendants who were deprived or lost their citizenship without their free will, permanently residing in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan on legal grounds, regardless of the term of residence;
  5. ethnic Kazakhs studying in higher educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

To obtain Kazakhstan citizenship in a generally established or simplified procedure, you need to submit an application for Kazakhstan citizenship to the district department of the Migration Police Department of the Almaty Department of Internal Affairs at the place of registration. The following documents shall be attached to the application, depending on the method of obtaining citizenship.

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For citizens of the Russian Federation, Republic of Belarus, Kyrgyz Republic

  1. Application form of the approved sample.
  2. Four photographs 3.5 x 4.5 cm.
  3. Obligation to observe the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, protect the interests of the Republic of Kazakhstan, its territorial integrity, respect customs, traditions, state language and languages of all nationalities living on its territory, fostering strengthening of the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  4. Copy of the document proving the identity and belonging to the citizenship of one of the member countries of the agreement.
  5. Certificate confirming the fact of application for the withdrawal or termination of the citizenship of another state issued by the competent authority of the state concerned.
  6. Notarized copy of the birth certificate and marriage certificate.
  7. Notarized statement on the refusal of the former citizenship.
  8. Document certifying payment of a state fee or exemption from its payment.
  9. If necessary, additionally, a document confirming the presence of one of the conditions necessary for obtaining of citizenship in a simplified procedure. Copies of the birth certificate, passport, other document confirming the birth in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, copy of the passport page with a note on registration at the place of residence until December 21, 1991 in the territory of the countries participating in the Agreement or a certificate of the competent authority on this, a copy of the certificate on marriage, birth or other document, confirming family ties with a citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
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For citizens of a foreign country married to a citizen of Kazakhstan

  1. Notarized statement on the refusal of the former citizenship.
  2. Application of approved form.
  3. Four photographs 3.5 x 4.5 cm.
  4. Obligation to respect the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, protect the interests of the Republic of Kazakhstan, its territorial integrity, respect customs, traditions, state language and languages of all nationalities living on its territory, fostering strengthening of the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  5. Copy of the document proving the identity and belonging to the citizenship of the foreign state.
  6. Copy of the marriage certificate.
  7. Copy of the identity card of the spouse - citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  8. Document on payment of the state fee in the amount of 1 MCI or exemption from its payment. 
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For permanently resideing in Kazakhstan oralmans, rehabilitated victims of political repressions and their descendants, as well as for ethnic Kazakhs studying in higher educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan

  1. Notarized statement on the refusal of the former citizenship.
  2. Application of approved form.
  3. Four photographs 3.5 x 4.5 cm.
  4. Obligation to respect the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, protect the interests of the Republic of Kazakhstan, its territorial integrity, respect customs, traditions, state language and languages of all nationalities living on its territory, fostering strengthening of the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  5. Copy of the document proving the identity and belonging to the citizenship of the foreign state.
  6. Oralmans permanently residing in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan – oralman’s certificate.
  7. Ethnic Kazakhs studying in higher educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan – certificate from the higher educational institution, confirming the fact of studying in this institution.
  8. Certificate of nationality confirmation.
  9. Document on payment of a state fee or exemption from payment.
  10. To persons, who are victims of political repression – court decision on rehabilitation or documents confirming that they are descendants of a victim of political repressions. 

In accordance with Article 542 of the Tax Code, oralmans are exempt from payment of the state duty for all notarial acts related to the acquisition of citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This exemption from payment of state duty is granted once. 

You need to know! 

Copies of the documents (passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate, application for the renunciation of former citizenship, oralman’s certificate valid for less than one year) shall be notarized.

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Granting citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Children obtain citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan: 

  1. on the fact of birth in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  2. on the fact of birth outside the territory of Kazakhstan, if one of his parents was a citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the time of the child birth (decided by agreement of the parents in writing);
  3. when establishing the paternity of a child under 14 (regardless of place of birth), if the mother is a stateless person of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and father is recognized the citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
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General procedure for obtaining citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan

If your situation does not correspond to any of the above conditions, obtaining of citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall be held in accordance with the generally established procedure.

In order to obtain citizenship of Kazakhstan in accordance with the generally established procedure, you need submit an application for Kazakhstan citizenship to the district department of the Migration Police Department of the Almaty Department of Internal Affairs at the place of registration. 

For this purpose you need to:

  1. specify in the questionnaire-statement motives of acceptance in citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  2. attach the following documents to the application:
  • application in the prescribed form;
  • autobiography;
  • 4 photographs 3.5 x 4.5 cm;
  • obligation to respect the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, protect the interests of the Republic of Kazakhstan, its territorial integrity, respect customs, traditions, state language and languages of all nationalities living on its territory, fostering strengthening of the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • certificate of presence or absence of previous convictions issued by the authorized body of their country;
  • birth certificate and documents certifying the applicant’s former nationality to the citizenship of Kazakhstan (attached to the application for reinstatement in citizenship);
  • certificate of absence or termination of the citizenship of another state issued by the competent authority of the state concerned;
  • document on the payment of a state fee in the amount of 1 MCI or exemption from its payment;
  • application of the relevant state body (for persons who meet the requirements of the list of professions and requirements for persons for whom a simplified procedure for admission to the citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan is established);
  • oralman’s certificate and a notarized application for renunciation of the previous citizenship (for persons who returned for permanent residence in the Republic of Kazakhstan as a historical homeland); 
  • birth certificate, marriage certificate (citizens of the former union republics who arrived for permanent residence in the Republic of Kazakhstan, having one of their close relatives - citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan: a child (including an adopted child), a spouse, one of the parents (adoptive parents), sister, brother, grandfather or grandmother, irrespective of the period of their residence in the Republic of Kazakhstan, documents certifying the degree of kinship with the citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan);
  • certificate from the higher educational institution, confirming the fact of education in this institution and documents confirming nationality (provided by ethnic Kazakhs who study in higher educational institutions).
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Where do these documents go to?

The material for admission to citizenship is transferred by the district unit of the Migration Police Department of the Department of Internal Affairs of Almaty to the Department of Internal Affairs of Almaty, and then to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, wherefrom the material with the conclusion goes to the State Legal Department of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Turnaround time: 6 months. In a simplified order - 3 months.

The end result of the service: issuance of the certificate of admission to the citizenship of the Republic of Kazakhstan or refusal to provide public services.
This certificate is the basis for obtaining an identity card and a passport of a citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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