PLEASE NOTE : Immigrant visas for Kazakhstan residents, including adoptive children, are administered at the U.S. Embassy in Almaty. Since August 1, 2003, immigrant visas for residents of the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, including adoptive children, are also processed at the U.S. Embassy in Almaty.
Kazakhstani law requires that orphans be registered with the Ministry of Education’s Committee of Guardianship and Care for at least six months before they are eligible for adoption. Starting in January 2003, it became considerably more difficult for foreigners to adopt two or more biologically unrelated children at the same time. Since this development resulted from a change in Ministry of Education procedures rather than a change in Kazakhstani law, however, it is still theoretically possible to adopt two or more non-siblings during the same trip. Prospective adoptive parents wishing to adopt two or more non-siblings on the same trip are urged to question their adoption agencies carefully prior to visiting the children to ascertain whether this is possible in the planned city of adoption.
In mid-2005, the Government of Kazakhstan reinstituted procedures for expedited passport issuance. Expedited processing typically takes 5 days and costs $79 (KZT 10930). The fee for the standard issuance passport is $29 (KZT 3890)
Credits: U.S. Department of State, 2005
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