Virginia, US

Jun 12 2019

Election-Related Protests Causing Government Office Closures

Kazakhstan

At a Glance

  • Amid protests of the presidential election in Kazakhstan, government offices in Almaty and Nur-Sultan are closing or altering their office hours to ensure the safety of their personnel.
  • The closures may prevent foreign nationals and employers from completing post-arrival processes such as applications to the labour department and notifications to the migration police.
  • Fragomen will contact affected clients with case-by-case advice.

The situation

Amid protests of the presidential election in Kazakhstan, government offices in Almaty and Nur-Sultan are closing or altering their office hours to ensure the safety of their personnel. The duration of closures or altered office hours is unclear at this time.

Impact

The closures may prevent foreign nationals and employers from completing post-arrival processes such as work permit applications to the labour department and notifications to the migration police.

The notification of arrival processes must be completed three business days of the foreign national’s arrival, therefore any delays or closures of the relevant offices can affect the completion of these processes.

Not completing such processes on time can result in penalties on both the employee and host entity.

Looking ahead

Fragomen will issue another alert if the situation persists beyond today. Fragomen will contact clients whose processes are likely to be delayed with case-by-case advice.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to emea@fragomen.com.