A short word about work permits in Kazakhstan. If you are thinking about working in Kazakhstan, you will need to find an employer who clearly states that he has no problems to arrange a work permit. Kazakhstan doesn’t make this an easy process, and the company will usually use legal consultants to deal with the bureaucracy involved. This makes a Kazakh work permit very expensive.
In turn this means that only highly qualified, well-paid professionals are working in Kazakhstan with a work permit as managers, engineers or teachers. If you were planning to work as a barista or part-time English teacher, you can only do so without the proper paperwork. Although many people do this, you do risk to be deported and banned from Kazakhstan for 5 years if you are found out.
The government also puts a yearly quota on the number of foreigners that are allowed a work permit in Kazakhstan: 50 000 in 2012.