Nazarbayev University (NU) welcomes foreign citizens who come to Kazakhstan for study. Before applying for a visa, all applicants must be accepted to a study program. Once the acceptance letter is sent to the student, NU will provide the applicant with necessary approval documentation to be submitted when applying for a student visa.
All International students need a Student Visa (C9 category) to come to Kazakhstan. This type of visa is given for the period of one year and allows you to make multiple entries to Kazakhstan. The visa shall be renewed each year.
Graph. 1 Sequence of actions for visa obtaining
IMPORTANT NOTE: Upon arrival, all international students must register with the immigration authorities within 3 business days.
NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THE IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES MIGHT RESULT IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE FINES AND DEPORTATION TO THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN. REPEATED VIOLATIONS MAY CAUSE SERIOUS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES.
The Department of International Cooperation (DIC) will submit the documents to the Migration Police as soon as the Agreement for Educational Services with Nazarbayev University is signed. Once the Letter of Invitation (LOI) is ready, its copy will be emailed to you. As soon as you receive your Letter of invitation, check to make sure all your personal information is correct. If any of the information on your letter of invitation does not match the information in your passport or is otherwise incorrect, please contact the Department of international cooperation immediately.
To obtain a Letter of Invitation (LOI) the following documents should be submitted by the international students to the school manager:
Visa Invitation issuance processing time: 5-7 business days.
Upon receipt of the invitation letter, the applicant submits all the documentation to Kazakhstan’s Embassy/Consulate abroad where he/she plans to obtain a visa in person. It is solely the personal responsibility of the applicant to double-check the list of the required documents posted on the official website of the Kazakh Embassy/Consulate.
The following documents are usually required:
Visa issuance processing time: 5-business days
NOTE! Additional documents might be requested at the discretion of the Consulate.
Supporting documents are only one of many factors a consular officer will consider in your interview. Consular officers look at each application individually and consider professional, social, cultural, and other factors during adjudication. Consular officers may look at your specific intentions, family situation, and your long-range plans and prospects within your country of residence. Each case is examined individually and is accorded every consideration under the law.
CAUTION: Do not present false documents. Fraud or misrepresentation can result in permanent visa ineligibility. If confidentiality is a concern, you should bring your documents to the Kazakh Embassy/Consulate in a sealed envelope. The Kazakh Embassy/Consulate will not make your information available to anyone and will respect the confidentiality of your information.
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kazakhstan, the government of Kazakhstan has temporarily suspended its unilateral visa-free regime for citizens of 57 countries, starting from 17 April 2020.
The 72-hour visa-free regime has also been suspended for Chinese and Indian nationals who transit through the international airports of Astana, Almaty, Shymkent, Aktau, Karaganda, and Taraz.
The said suspension is effective from 17 April to 1 November 2020.
The above means that those who are planning to visit Kazakhstan before 1 November 2020 will need to obtain a visa of the appropriate category at their assigned consular section office.
Please pay attention to an important change in the conditions for obtaining a Kazakh visa.
CAUTION! When collecting their passports with Kazakh visas from the consular office, visa applicants must present a medical certificate confirming that they do not have a coronavirus infection issued within 48 hours prior to their visit to the consular office. Failure to present such a certificate will result in the cancellation of their Kazakh visa.
CAUTION: In order to renew your visa in the Republic of Kazakhstan before its expiration date, please provide the following documents to the Department of International Cooperation (DIC) at least 30 (thirty) working days but not later than 14 (fourteen) working days before the expiry of the valid visa:
NOTE! It is the responsibility of the applicant to double-check the validity of the passport and visa.
A visa can be changed from student visa C9 to work visa C3.
The change of the category is carried out by submitting documents to the Department of International Cooperation (DIC) for the work visa С3, indicated in the Work/Dependent visa column.
Visa Category Change processing time: 5-7-business days
Documents to be submitted to the Department of International Cooperation (DIC) for C9 visa cancellation:
Visa Cancellation processing time: 3-5-business days
The Department of International Cooperation would like to remind you of the existing requirement for all international students and their family members, as well as their visitors (relatives, friends, business visitors, etc.) to notify the Migration services of Astana. Individuals who plan to stay in Astana, on University provided living premises for a period longer than 3 business days upon arrival to Astana shall report to the Department of international cooperation immediately upon their arrival along with the information on their current residential addresses in Astana for the purposes of submitting Notification of arrival to the Migration Police.
PLEASE FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE AMENDMENTS TO THE MIGRATION LEGISLATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN DATED JANUARY 09, 2020
Registration processing time: 1-3 business days
Office of International Students and Scholars Services remains committed to supporting our international student and academic community during this health emergency. The office is still fully operational – but remotely – in support of the international community. We, as always, are ready to answer your questions and help solve your problems. Please use the contact information below:
Office of International Students and Scholars Services
Office operation schedule:
Monday – Friday: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm * Address: 53, Kabanbai batyr ave., Astana.
Phone: +7 (7172) 69 27 01 * Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of International Students and Scholars Services is closed on weekends, state and national holidays of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
If you have questions about visas and migration, or questions, suggestions related to activities and competence of the Office, do not hesitate to send your questions by e-mail.
While it may take us some time to respond to you, we promise that we will do our best to answer your question as quickly as possible.
State and national holidays of the Republic of Kazakhstan:
January 1, 2 – National holiday New Year
January 7 – Christmas holiday
March 8 – Public holiday International Women’s Day
March 21, 22, 23 – National holiday Nauryz meiramy
May 1 – National holiday Day of the unity of the people of Kazakhstan
May 7 – Defender of the Fatherland Day
May 9 – National holiday Victory Day
July 6 – Public holiday Capital Day
August 30 – National holiday Constitution Day
October 25 – Republic day
December 16-17 – National holiday Independence Day
Further information about interpreting your visa can be found at the Kazakh Embassy/Consulate.