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Astana, Kazakhstan • 30 January, 2023 | 11:32

Kazakhstan to Allow Permanent Residence for Foreigners with In-Demand Professions

Amendments to the country's migration law will also introduce the status of refugee

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Foreigners with in-demand professions will be able to receive permanent residence permits in Kazakhstan, QazMonitor reports.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is planning to make amendments to the current migration law.

In the new version, Article 49 states that foreigners who do not provide proof of their ability to pay in the manner and amount determined by the Government of Kazakhstan will be denied a permanent residence permit or have their previously issued permit canceled.

Foreigners with in-demand professions are exempt from this law.

Since last September, Kazakhstan has eased its migration laws and procedures as part of its new national policy to boost human capital by attracting foreign talent and investment.

On September 1, President Tokayev announced that the country plans to attract 100 foreign specialists with high-demand skills. He said they will receive special long-term (10 years) visas and a chance to obtain permanent residence on the condition that the specialists educate and train local personnel.

Another group eligible for a long-term visa and residence permit are foreign investors who invest more than $300,000 in Kazakhstan’s economy.

The MIA is also considering the issuance of temporary and permanent residence permits to foreigners and stateless persons, who will be given the status of "foreign refugee".

This is an individual who has left the country of their nationality and is unable or unwilling to return to their country due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, nationality, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

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