Kazakhstan changes procedure for issuing work permits to labor migrants

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Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan. 9

By Daniar Mukhtarov - Trend:

Starting February 2014, Kazakhstan will simplify procedures for issuing permission to migrant laborers working for individuals, Kazakh media outlets reported.

The law "On amendments and addenda to some legislative acts of Kazakhstan on the issues of labor migration" was signed by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in December, 2013.

Earlier, officials from Kazakh Interior Ministry noted that the new law will legalize labor migration and bring it out of the "shadow" sector. The document covers citizens of countries having visa-free entry and stay agreements with Kazakhstan. Thus, from now on every citizen of Kazakhstan will have an opportunity to invite no more than five migrant laborers. Guest workers themselves will be obliged to pay about 3700 tenges ($1 = 154.49 tenges) to the state treasury.

Under the new rules, migrant laborers will be required to get a personal identification number. After a year the guest workers will have to leave the country. They will be able to return to Kazakhstan only after a month, if during the first visit to the country they filled in the declaration and affirmed their incomes. Every migrant labourer must have a bank account with enough money to return home.

Translated by E.A.

Edited by C.N.

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