If you are planning to come to Kazakhstan on a business trip, you might want to apply for a business visa.
Business visa application
For all intents and purposes, an application for a business visa follows the same procedure as a Kazakh tourist visa. There is one major difference however: you will need a letter of invitation from your company or business partner.
If you are not really on a business trip, but would like a business visa anyway, you can get an invitation through a Kazakh travel agent. Through this form you can apply directly. The price will be around 100$ for the LOI.
For visits up to 1 month by citizens of countries with easy visa procedure, no invitation is needed for a business visa.
Duration and cost
New rules from June 1st 2013. Business visas can be issued up to 3 years with the right to stay in Kazakhstan no more than 30 days at each entry, although a D2 business visa are still ok for up to 60 days at a piece.. The total period of the foreigner’s stay in Kazakhstan must not exceed 60 days within 180 days. A business visa can be single entry, double entry, triple entry or multiple entry. Prices will probably range from 60$ to 200$.
From August 1 2013, US citizens are able to apply for multiple-entry Kazakhstan visas valid for up to five years. The price is the same as for a single-entry visa for Americans – 160$.
Registration at OVIR needs to be done within 3 days from arrival if you are staying for more than 5 days. You cannot do this yourself: the company who issued your invitation should register you. The price for registration is upwards from 3000 tenge.
Can I work on a business visa?
Business visas are handed to aircraft personnel, visiting academics, business people coming for negotiations, or anyone else who wants to stay for a longer period of time in Kazakhstan. But you cannot legally hold a steady job on a business visa. For this you need a work permit.