Job Opportunities in Kazakhstan for International Students

Job Market In Kazakhstan

Being the richest and the most economically country in Central Asia, the country promises a growing number of exciting job opportunities for international students. The majority of the job opportunities for foreigners come from the booming oil and mineral industries, while the sectors of banking, tourism and hospitality and academia have been offering a number of job opportunities. 

The country is in dire need of high-qualified and skilled professionals in a wide range of fields including healthcare. Healthcare, in fact, is the best prospect industry sector in Kazakhstan, which accounted for around 3.9% of the country’s overall GDP in 2019. Approximately USD 6.5 billion was allocated to the sector from the 2019 budget, with medical equipment worth USD 1.3 billion alone. 

Major cities of Astana and Almaty, that host the top educational institutions in Kazakhstan, witness the highest number of ex-pats because of the availability of employment opportunities, fairer working conditions similar to that of the Western countries and more. 

Many large industrial groups including Citibank and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group have set up their offices in Kazakhstan, thereby increasing the scope of career opportunities for international students. 

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Can An International Student Stay In Kazakhstan After Graduation?

Yes, international students in Kazakhstan are allowed to stay and live in Kazakhstan post-graduation. They would have to get a work permit that they are eligible for depending on the duration of their stay and type of work.

Types Of Work Visas In Kazakhstan

In total, there are four types of employment or work visas for foreigners to stay and work in Kazakhstan. Details of all of them are given below:

C3 Visa: It is a single entry working visa until 90 days and in some cases until one year. It can also be a multiple entry visa until three years and for Astana International Financial Centre workers until five years. This visa is applicable to a foreigner visiting Kazakhstan with the purpose of work, including their family members. 

C4 Visa: This visa applies to an adult foreigner visiting Kazakhstan with the purpose of employment in professions that are in demand in the economic sector. It is a single entry until 90 days or multiple entries valid until three years.

C5 - Business Immigrant Visa: Kazakhstan’s C5 Category working (business immigrant) visa is for adults visiting the country with the purpose of entrepreneurial activity. It is a single entry until 90 days or multiple entries valid until two to three years.

C6 - Foreign Seasonal Workers Visa: In case the applicant is a foreign seasonal worker, they can apply for a C6 category working visa. It is a single entry until 90 days or multiple entries valid until one year. 

Post-Study Work Visa Regulations In Kazakhstan

Here are the post-study work visa or permit regulations for international students or foreigners in Kazakhstan:

  • To be able to stay and work in Kazakhstan, an international student should have a work permit, usually organised by the employer after both parties have concluded an employment contract.

  • A Kazakhstan work permit can be valid for a minimum of 90 days that can be extended to one to three years. 

  • To extend the permit, the applicant must contact the PSC (Public Service Centre) and provide an application for the extension of the permit for a labour immigrant. 

  • Foreigners arriving in Kazakhstan will be allowed to stay in the country without obtaining a temporary residence permit for up to 30 days.

  • To cross the border of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the applicant should have a valid national passport, after which the border service would obtain a temporary residence permit, issue an IIN and obtain a work permit from the PSC.

Requirements to Obtain a Kazakhstan Work Visa

Mentioned below are the requirements that one must fulfil when applying for a Kazakhstan work visa:

  • A letter confirming the invitation from the employer in Kazakhstan.

  • A notarized copy of the employing organisation’s current charter.

  • A notarized copy of the applicant’s work permit.

  • Proof of payment of the consular fee to obtain the work permit.

  • Passport of the applicant.

  • One passport size photograph.

  • A duly filled visa application form.

  • The employer’s power of attorney.

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Career Prospects After MBBS from Kazakhstan

An MBBS degree obtained from Kazakhstan is valid worldwide including in India. The degrees are recognised by the National Medical Commission (NMC), WHO and UNESCO and other medical bodies of repute across the world. 

In the final year of MBBS, students are trained and provided with work opportunities in various clinics under medical colleges as part of their course curricula.

Practice Medicine in Kazakhstan or Other Countries: Given that a Kazakhstan MBBS is accepted and recognised all around the world, job prospects are immense not just in Kazakhstan but also in popular countries like the US, UK, Germany and more. The applicant must only take the screening test and qualify it to be able to apply for jobs in the field of medicine abroad. 

Practice Medicine in India: To be able to practice medicine in India after completion of an MBBS degree from Kazakhstan, the graduate should take the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) and clear it. 

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