Getting married in Kazakhstan

#1 16 March 2012 12:51:38

Armand
Armand
Ile Maurice / Mauritius

Getting married in Kazakhstan

Hi all,

We invite all the ones who got married in Kazakhstan or who are about to get married in Kazakhstan to participate in this thread :)

What are the formalities to get married in Kazakhstan? Is it the same for a couple of foreigners of for a mixed couple (between a foreigner and a native of Kazakhstan)?

Are the procedures complicated?

How long does it take to carry out all the formalities?

Thank you in advance for participating,

Armand

#2 21 March 2012 07:16:36

highlangher
highlangher
Almaty

Re: Getting married in Kazakhstan

Hello, as far as i know,  an expat  who wants to marry a kz resident, needs a document stating the absence of marriage obligation from the home country, and a copy of passport translated and notarized in kz. Still don't know how long it takes to book the actual ceremony, will post in later. Bye everybody.

#4 13 May 2012 15:31:00

mwendeleo
mwendeleo
Almaty

Re: Getting married in Kazakhstan

Armand:

I am about to marry a Kazakh, but have heard that there is no real procedure for two foreigners to marry here. There is a fairly clear procedure for me through ZAGS (the registry for this stuff), though it means getting some documents notarized by the US Embassy and doing he dirty deed, which is really quick. I suggest you contact your embassy and ask, especially if you want it to be recognized if/when you return.

Not much info but hope it helps,

John

#6 06 August 2012 13:01:33

oseibk
oseibk
Barcelona

Re: Getting married in Kazakhstan

I m looking to get married to a Kazakh but it is very hard getting an invitation to marry her in Kazakhstan. are marriages done outside Kazakhstan recognized or also takes so much processes and complications.
any advice?
cheers

#7 08 August 2012 14:51:09

kazpat
kazpat
Aktobe

Re: Getting married in Kazakhstan

oseibk wrote:

I m looking to get married to a Kazakh but it is very hard getting an invitation to marry her in Kazakhstan. are marriages done outside Kazakhstan recognized or also takes so much processes and complications.
any advice?
cheers

Hi, 

I don't understand the "invitation" part of your post. Are you having difficulty getting an invitation for a visa? I am not aware of any invitation to marry. As noted in other posts, once in KZ you need to go to ZAGS with a certificate of no obligation, translated and notarized passport and perhaps your fiance will have to bring her residence book. (this is what I and my wife had to do) ZAGS can give you a list of required documents if I have forgotten to mention any. ZAGS took our application and 72 hours later we were able to schedule the wedding.

I was on a work visa when I married but your fiance should be able to apply to the migration authorities for an invitation and then you can get a  private visa from the Kazakh consulate in your country (up to 90 days) that will allow travel to KZ.

Good Luck,

KP

Last edited by kazpat (08 August 2012 14:52:23)

#8 18 September 2012 07:30:58

Christophe GIRARD

Re: Getting married in Kazakhstan

Hi, I just arrived in Kazakshatn, more precisely in Almaty, and I'm about to get married to my fiancee.

As far as I know the needed documents are :
- Your police record
- An official document attesting that your not married in your original country
- A official bank paper saying that you don't have any debts in your original country.

To book for a date, people said me it's better to do it 3 to 4 months before.

Hope it will help.

Christophe

#12 06 August 2013 06:32:00

NucMed
NucMed
Ust-Kamenogorsk

Re: Getting married in Kazakhstan

At least for Ust-Kamenogorsk and an Australian citizen marrying a citizen of Kazakhstan, the only documents required were;

Translated and notarised passport with apostille

Translated and notarised Certificate of No Impediment To Marriage with apostille

Certified copy of immigration card (no additional stamp is needed despite what some notaries will try to tell you, ask them to call the immigration police and they will resolve the dispute, or just go to the next notary).

The application form needs to be filled out in Russian, and when it is lodged, you will be given two dates, one will be a mandatory "cooling-off" period of 30 days date from lodgement when you must return to the office where you lodged the application, to confirm that you both intend to commit to the wedding, the second date will be the earliest date that the wedding registration can take place.

This is generally a few days after the mandatory "cooling-off" period.

I am unsure why some people say that a police record is required, it certainly isn't for Australian citizens in Ust-Kamenogorsk and does not appear on any checklist that the office will provide you with if you ask.

Cheers, Peter

#13 11 August 2013 12:17:32

kazpat
kazpat
Aktobe

Re: Getting married in Kazakhstan

Hi Peter,

I did not need a police check either, most logical explanation is that requirements can differ from Oblast to Oblast and even between ZAGS in different cities.

KP

#14 24 January 2014 12:19:43

Joe&Sabi
Joe&Sabi
Almaty

Re: Getting married in Kazakhstan

Hi everyone, (everything written here related to expats who needs Invitation letter, visa for entrance to KZ, registration in migration police with in 5 days, and only single entrance visa permited not more - meaning for those who are not those 27 countries listed in the Application 2 of the law)

To get tourist visa that is given for 30 days:
Foreigners who needs invitation letter for visa getting must have Invitation letter from travel agency from KZ. Google them. But tourist visa is given for 30 days only! You can't prolongate additional days as it was before 21 Jan 2012. You must understand that ZAGS needs 31 day to marry you (for example, application with documents submitted on 20 March, they will register you on 21 April), because permission to marry people comes from Astana. While this 31 days pass you have to wait, visa expiers this moment! Because I am sure you could't pass ZAGS application first day of your arrival, because of airport takes 2-3 hours to get lugguage, passport control, then you arrive to hotel, check in, get paper from hotel that you really checked in, or hotel will register you in the migration police by itself, or you go to register by yourself to migration police, it takes 1 day with all traffic jams and procedures! Then need to notarize the translation of the passport and CENOMAR (Certificate of Non Marriage - that must be legalized (or Apostile depends on Gaag's convention) of expat (might take few hours). You pass your documents to ZAGS next day. Then pay 1 MRP (2000 T nearly). Need to fly out again because visa will expier soon! And here is the problem: will KZ embassy give you again tourist visa as you just arrived from KZ, and again got invitation letter from tourist agency (that you just made before flight out (invitation costs 100$))? It is not really tourism - it is marriage aim. Will they see you submited documents to ZAGS at the system of Justice and MofFA? They might not give visa for being unsure for your aim, for such short time wanting to return back to KZ again... What to do? Tell honestly to embassy huh? It wiill mean that you are trying to stay at KZ for getting married to Kazakh.   

Here another way:

Private visa:
Yes, to make an invitation letter for expat is really un real... Migration police said: "he is not your husbund yet to make him invitation (only for husband, relatives), even if he is your friend it doesn't mean you can give him invitation, why do I know, maybe you are doing Invitation visa business for foreigners, bla bla bla..." - so this is their explanation. "Private invitation", "private visa" its just words written in the law, but in practice it doesn't work because the expat is not Kazakh nationality, and he is not going to adop KZ baby. Private Invitation letter, authorised at Migration police, must give to expat a leggal right to get private visa for 90 days stay in KZ (ALA) - wow good for 32 days, but it is not working! Time for all stuff writen above for tourist visa, time for marriage, time for meeting parents, friends, etc. BUT in fact it doesn't work in real life! We don't know what to do now! ZAGS told me following:
1. Passport - translated and notarised here in ALA at any notary office who can do this. Maximum cost is 50$ for all fee.   Just google "нотариальное заверение перевода с английского языка"
2. CENOMAR (Certificate for No Marriage) - legalized (or Apostiled if it Gaag's convention's country), KZ embassy put stamp on it before flight to KZ during visa issuing, notarized translation in KZ (maturity time is 6 monthes)
3. KZ citizen's ID.
4. Application
5. MIGRATION CARD fulfilled in airplane, with a stamp of migration police. (Transit visa issued for 5 days, is not permitted to get this migration card, either not to get registration stamp of migration police)

Now tell me people how to get marry in KZ with a foreigner??? Tourist visa is only 30 days (you need 32 days for all procedures), transit visa will not give you migration card (which is important to have for marriage registartion), private visa is non issuable because of non issuable invitation letter (because you are not yet married or expat is not a Kazakh nationality living abroad or expat is not going to adob baby).
Other types of visas are: business, study, missionary, etc.
Study visa - must get all that complicated procedures with Universities.
Business visa - must find company who will give you that invitation for  this visa type. Unless you are not going to invest money as rich investor to RFCA.
Missionary - be carful and aware from KNB. Those guys are not kidding asking you lots of questions might be converted agaisnt you.
Now I see KZ Gov't doing all possible things to prohibit KZ citizens to get married with foreigners on KZ territory by KZ laws. Its all complicated, expansive, time taking, laws are not working, if working - against each other. People better to marry outside of KZ. But here is the 2nd part of soap opera! KZ citizen must get list of documents before:
1. Passport
2. Foto
3. CENOMAR (taken at CON, then Ministry of Justice after 4-5 days, then translated into English and legalized at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then put stamp at destination countrie's embassy in KZ (check the list of embassies in ALA and TSE)) - remember its  6 monthes maturity, and KZ CENOMAR is given only with a note of country's name you are going to marry in.
4. Birth Certificate (translated into English and legalized at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then put stamp at destination countrie's embassy in KZ (check the list of embassies in ALA and TSE))
5. Money for airplane, because you also will have to fly out and return back to that country.
6. Some countries requests police certificate also translated into English and legalized at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then put stamp at destination countrie's embassy in KZ (check the list of embassies in ALA and TSE. Keep in mind if your KZ fiancee had been ever in police office with ANY note they will reflect it (even being a victom of a thief)


Dears, if you have more ideas and can really help with these problems please let me know!!! Really tiered with those visas, invitations, cenomars, migration cards...

#15 24 January 2014 12:20:36

Joe&Sabi
Joe&Sabi
Almaty

Re: Getting married in Kazakhstan

Hi everyone, (everything written here related to expats who needs Invitation letter, visa for entrance to KZ, registration in migration police with in 5 days, and only single entrance visa permited not more - meaning for those who are not those 27 countries listed in the Application 2 of the law)

To get tourist visa that is given for 30 days:
Foreigners who needs invitation letter for visa getting must have Invitation letter from travel agency from KZ. Google them. But tourist visa is given for 30 days only! You can't prolongate additional days as it was before 21 Jan 2012. You must understand that ZAGS needs 31 day to marry you (for example, application with documents submitted on 20 March, they will register you on 21 April), because permission to marry people comes from Astana. While this 31 days pass you have to wait, visa expiers this moment! Because I am sure you could't pass ZAGS application first day of your arrival, because of airport takes 2-3 hours to get lugguage, passport control, then you arrive to hotel, check in, get paper from hotel that you really checked in, or hotel will register you in the migration police by itself, or you go to register by yourself to migration police, it takes 1 day with all traffic jams and procedures! Then need to notarize the translation of the passport and CENOMAR (Certificate of Non Marriage - that must be legalized (or Apostile depends on Gaag's convention) of expat (might take few hours). You pass your documents to ZAGS next day. Then pay 1 MRP (2000 T nearly). Need to fly out again because visa will expier soon! And here is the problem: will KZ embassy give you again tourist visa as you just arrived from KZ, and again got invitation letter from tourist agency (that you just made before flight out (invitation costs 100$))? It is not really tourism - it is marriage aim. Will they see you submited documents to ZAGS at the system of Justice and MofFA? They might not give visa for being unsure for your aim, for such short time wanting to return back to KZ again... What to do? Tell honestly to embassy huh? It wiill mean that you are trying to stay at KZ for getting married to Kazakh.   

Here another way:

Private visa:
Yes, to make an invitation letter for expat is really un real... Migration police said: "he is not your husbund yet to make him invitation (only for husband, relatives), even if he is your friend it doesn't mean you can give him invitation, why do I know, maybe you are doing Invitation visa business for foreigners, bla bla bla..." - so this is their explanation. "Private invitation", "private visa" its just words written in the law, but in practice it doesn't work because the expat is not Kazakh nationality, and he is not going to adop KZ baby. Private Invitation letter, authorised at Migration police, must give to expat a leggal right to get private visa for 90 days stay in KZ (ALA) - wow good for 32 days, but it is not working! Time for all stuff writen above for tourist visa, time for marriage, time for meeting parents, friends, etc. BUT in fact it doesn't work in real life! We don't know what to do now! ZAGS told me following:
1. Passport - translated and notarised here in ALA at any notary office who can do this. Maximum cost is 50$ for all fee.   Just google "нотариальное заверение перевода с английского языка"
2. CENOMAR (Certificate for No Marriage) - legalized (or Apostiled if it Gaag's convention's country), KZ embassy put stamp on it before flight to KZ during visa issuing, notarized translation in KZ (maturity time is 6 monthes)
3. KZ citizen's ID.
4. Application
5. MIGRATION CARD fulfilled in airplane, with a stamp of migration police. (Transit visa issued for 5 days, is not permitted to get this migration card, either not to get registration stamp of migration police)

Now tell me people how to get marry in KZ with a foreigner??? Tourist visa is only 30 days (you need 32 days for all procedures), transit visa will not give you migration card (which is important to have for marriage registartion), private visa is non issuable because of non issuable invitation letter (because you are not yet married or expat is not a Kazakh nationality living abroad or expat is not going to adob baby).
Other types of visas are: business, study, missionary, etc.
Study visa - must get all that complicated procedures with Universities.
Business visa - must find company who will give you that invitation for  this visa type. Unless you are not going to invest money as rich investor to RFCA.
Missionary - be carful and aware from KNB. Those guys are not kidding asking you lots of questions might be converted agaisnt you.
Now I see KZ Gov't doing all possible things to prohibit KZ citizens to get married with foreigners on KZ territory by KZ laws. Its all complicated, expansive, time taking, laws are not working, if working - against each other. People better to marry outside of KZ. But here is the 2nd part of soap opera! KZ citizen must get list of documents before:
1. Passport
2. Foto
3. CENOMAR (taken at CON, then Ministry of Justice after 4-5 days, then translated into English and legalized at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then put stamp at destination countrie's embassy in KZ (check the list of embassies in ALA and TSE)) - remember its  6 monthes maturity, and KZ CENOMAR is given only with a note of country's name you are going to marry in.
4. Birth Certificate (translated into English and legalized at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then put stamp at destination countrie's embassy in KZ (check the list of embassies in ALA and TSE))
5. Money for airplane, because you also will have to fly out and return back to that country.
6. Some countries requests police certificate also translated into English and legalized at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then put stamp at destination countrie's embassy in KZ (check the list of embassies in ALA and TSE. Keep in mind if your KZ fiancee had been ever in police office with ANY note they will reflect it (even being a victom of a thief)


Dears, if you have more ideas and can really help with these problems please let me know!!! Really tiered with those visas, invitations, cenomars, migration cards...

#16 24 January 2014 13:41:23

NucMed
NucMed
Ust-Kamenogorsk

Re: Getting married in Kazakhstan

Depending upon what your nationality is, you can get a 2 month visa just by applying to your nearest Kazakhstan embassy without a letter of invitation.

Citizens of the following 47 countries are eligible for the simplified visa procedure:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and Northern Ireland, USA, United Arab Emirates.

Longer than 2 months (3 months), you must have a letter of invitation.

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to visit Kazakhstan:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova (90 days), Mongolia (90 days), Russian Federation, Serbia (30 days), Tajikistan, Turkey (30 days), Uzbekistan, Ukraine (90 days).

Of course, you must leave every 30 days, but if you are in Almaty, a quick trip to Bishkek and back solves that problem (beware if you cross a land border, there are scams the Kyrgyz border guards will pull and tell you you must stay in Kyrgyzstan for a minimum of 24 hours).

Below are the documents and procedure we needed to follow from my previous post which you may not have seen ...

Translated and notarised passport with apostille

Translated and notarised Certificate of No Impediment To Marriage with apostille

Certified copy of immigration card (no additional stamp is needed despite what some notaries will try to tell you, ask them to call the immigration police and they will resolve the dispute, or just go to the next notary).

The application form needs to be filled out in Russian, and when it is lodged, you will be given two dates, one will be a mandatory "cooling-off" period of 30 days date from lodgement when you must return to the office where you lodged the application, to confirm that you both intend to commit to the wedding, the second date will be the earliest date that the wedding registration can take place.

This is generally a few days after the mandatory "cooling-off" period.

Cheers, all the best, Peter

#17 24 January 2014 20:23:54

Joe&Sabi
Joe&Sabi
Almaty

Re: Getting married in Kazakhstan

Dear Peter,

I wrote that my message doesn't contain information for those expats who are citizens of the listed 47 at Appendix 2 of the Law. Meaning, my fiance is not from any of those countries listed, and not from CIS countries. Means we need invitation,  means we can't get double entrance tourist visa, means we can't get private visa, means we can't apostile  documents but legalize them which mean expencier for 2 times. No Bishkek travelling because there also need visa entrance. Means we can't just apply with simple procedures for 2 mothes.  ZAGS told me that only 31 day, not shorter (talked yesterday).  Migration police told that we must get registration at their office within 5 days into migration card given in airport passport control.  Now all laws become strict.

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