J-2 Visa/ Residence permit and eligibility to work

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J-2 Visa/ Residence permit and eligibility to work

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Hi All, Here, I am again with a query.

I have got a J-2 Visa and have applied for Permanent Registration with Migration Police in Astana. I understand that I get a Permanent Registration within a week and thereafter, I have to apply for "Permanent Residence Card". Once I get this card, I do not need seperate Work Permit to do any job in Kazakhstan.

Anyone here to validate my understanding?

My query would be: Do I have to really wait till the time I get "Permanent Residence Card" to start working? or, can i join work straight with my J2 Visa (as it is going to take another 67 days, yes! 67 to get that "Permanent Residence Card" if everything goes well)?

Thanks!
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I personally don't know. Have you tried xpat.kz and internations? These are imo the 2 expat networks in Kazakhstan for now.
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Thanks Steven. I have not yet posted my query there. I will look into those sites.
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Some update on this: The Officer verbally informed me that I can start working if the employer is ready to give me work on the basis of Permanent registration letter. It took a week's time to get the permanent registration from the date of application. On the next date of getting permanent registration, I applied for Residency card which will be ready in a month's time. :)

Sadly, finding a job is going to be a tough job for me. :(
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Thanks IndianGuy! I've been enjoying your blog posts about life in Astana as an Indian. 2000 tenge for 2 coffees in Khan Shatyr! Scandalous!

I wanted to ask you, what do you think of the expat networks I proposed? Are they of any use to you?

Am I right to presume you are married to a Kazakh woman? It should take minimum 10 months to receive permanent registration, as I hear from other foreigners, with weekly (sometimes daily!) running around to different offices.
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1000 KZT per coffee is expensive? Of Course, it is, I know but I thought in such prime place, it was okay once in a while. Honestly, any good tasty (Latte or Macchiato) in Astana costs easily 650-750. Wish they were little cheaper. Know any better/less expensive place?

I think you are talking of xpat.kz and Internations. I am in Internations for a long time but have not been able to make any use of it. I don't know why. :( xpat.kz is dead. no visible sign of living creatures there.

Yes, I am married to a Kazakh woman. 10 months to get "permanent residence" or just "registration"? If you are talking of "Permanent residence" from a point of applying for J-2 Visa and prior preparation of documents, you are right. It took 10 months for me. Few months were wasted in my case as documents were aparently lost by Embassy. But, thanks god! we could sort out everything. Reg. registration, I do not think the info is true. I will let all know in forum the exact dates taken by authorities once I receive my "Card".

And, thanks for reading my blog. Next on card is "Kazakhs' TV/People obsession of Hindi daily soaps/drama". I am amazed. :)

I find this forum and expat-blog as useful resources for Kaz but the latter one is more for networking.
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Nope, don't know any cheaper place, 600 for a big cappuccino is the minimum in KAZ. I think you can't make use of Internations because you are married - it seems to me mostly a meat bazaar where local women are trying to snag a "good man".

Thank you for the explanation on your visa trials. Many people struggle so it's encouraging to read your story, even if, by the look of it, it was not easy. Astana is still a bit of a mystery to me. I have been once but I should go again for a longer time to make a decent city guide to the place. Good to know someone there now, I might need to lure more people from expat blog here though. :D

The Bollywood obsession has been going on since Soviet times, it's pretty universal across Central Asia. They can't get enough!
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Earlier, I was in Europe for almost 2 years and there too, I could not make much use of Internations. Somehow, I am not compatible with the concept of having to pay mandatorily in the age of facebook/meetup as much of the interactions in Internations is limited to their paid members.

Of course, getting residence permit to KAZ is not that easy as by the time you collect much of documents, it involves a lot of travelling and expenses. In some places, there is a lack of clarity and that does not help much. But, I have one good feeling about the whole process is that there was no intentional delay at any stage by anyone. If there was no issue of documents getting lost, other processes (like clearance from Migration Police and NSC) were within good timespan.At the end, it has ended well.

I have stayed in Astana in almost all my travels and really want to be here in the Capital. I know Winter can be harsh is the reaction I get but I have chosen it. I was in Almaty in 2009 for 2 days and I use that place only as a transit for my flight from Delhi. If you are coming to Astana, we should do a catch up. and Bollywood :) it feels good to watch known faces in foreign channels. Let it be!!
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Let's hope some more will come down from expat-blog! Why not to do link exchange with them? Also hope you are able to monetise it enough to get Caravanistan running! All the best.
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Thanks, I might come up to Astana in September, I will let you know if I can squeeze it into the calendar. We should definitely meet up then. Thanks for the encouragement!
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