Students must have passports that are valid for at least six months beyond their intended period of stay. Kazakh nationals living abroad need passports, which are valid at least six months beyond the date of entry.
International students need visas to come to Kazakhstan. Nazarbayev University’s (NU) Department of International Cooperation will provide assistance to students applying for visas, including letters of invitation and detailed instructions on how to apply for a visa.
For a user-friendly flowchart on applying for visas to Kazakhstan, see the following instructions:
Below is a brief overview of the process.
Nazarbayev University will provide Visa Invitation Letters, which will be issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This process will take approximately 10 to 15 days.
In order to prepare the Visa Invitation Letter, we will need the following information:
After the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues your Visa Invitation Letter, the NU Office of International Cooperation will scan this invitation letter and send it to you. The scanned Visa Invitation Letter should be printed and sent along with your visa application materials to the Embassy or Consulate of Kazakhstan that you have selected or via a visa processing agency:
The visa application package should include:
For more information please visit: http://www.kazakhembus.com/content/student-visa
After receiving your visa and before departing for Kazakhstan, we advise you to check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website (www.mfa.kz), as immigration regulations are subject to change.
Upon arriving to Kazakhstan, you will receive a local immigration card from the customs guards at the airport. You must keep this card in your passport for the duration of your stay; you will need it to leave the country. When you first arrive, SSRES program staff will collect your passport for registration with the local Immigration police. Your passport will be returned to you once your registration is complete. All visa-related questions should be addressed to Miras Sharipov (firstname.lastname@example.org).