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Getting married in Kazakhstan

The Kazakh language requirement has been ongoing for a few years now and it is extending to more and more areas, so that is no surprise at all.

The IIN is a new one, just get it, it relatively painless, although I'm confused when you say that you will only be there for 30 days. You must lodge your documents in person, 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.

As for the document regarding children, you need to make it absolutely clear with the Kazakh end precisely what they require (the name of the document and what they expect to appear on it). The former CCCP states often have arcane documents they require and these confuse the hell out of embassies worldwide.

Regarding the apostilles, as mentioned earlier, the UAE is not signatory to the Apostille Treaty (Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents) and therefore you have to do two sets of legalisations ... rather than just the simple single apostille for the Certificate of No Impediment To Marriage as you would if you were from Australia or the UK (or any other of the 110 countries that are signatory to it).

So you will need to get two sets of legalisations rather than the single apostille for all UAE documents that would otherwise require apostilles.

You will also require a 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, there are notaries every 10 metres in Kazakhstan).

NucMed :

The Kazakh language requirement has been ongoing for a few years now and it is extending to more and more areas, so that is no surprise at all.

The IIN is a new one, just get it, it relatively painless, although I'm confused when you say that you will only be there for 30 days. You must lodge your documents in person, 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'm taking a 60 day visa, so I have to do a renewal run after 30 days. Also my fiancee is pregnant, so they waive the period drastically  (ZAGS and TSON both said so) - so I won't be there more than 30 days (more than likely)

The IIN concerns me, as apparently they need a Tax number from my country of residence - Expats don't pay tax in the UAE, so no tax office exists....will I need that from the UK as I am a British Citizen?

NucMed :

Regarding the apostilles, as mentioned earlier, the UAE is not signatory to the Apostille Treaty (Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents) and therefore you have to do two sets of legalisations ... rather than just the simple single apostille for the Certificate of No Impediment To Marriage as you would if you were from Australia or the UK (or any other of the 110 countries that are signatory to it).

So you will need to get two sets of legalisations rather than the single apostille for all UAE documents that would otherwise require apostilles.

It looks like a mix of apostilles and legalisations -
I am from the UK - so my CNI and passport should just be apostille jobs
But divorce cert and birth cert are UAE, so need the legalisation

Did I get that right?

NucMed :

You will also require a 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, there are notaries every 10 metres in Kazakhstan).

That looks straight forward enough....well that part anyway

Thanks for your help...I'm tearing my last few hairs out!!!

Hello Zvezdopad,
You are welcome.

Very pity to hear about translation requirements become more strict. It means more expenses to spend for translation and as a consequences time that will be spend....

Well, apostile - yes it's a stamp. But looks like a page of document. Usually fulfilled in French, as what I saw.... maybe English. Google the pictures of apostile.

TSON needs IIN, that's true.
We went to local tax body that refer to your hotel's location. Showed them translated passport, paid fee, showed migration registration documents and they issued IIN within 3 days. They asked if we need it ASAP we can add 5000 tenge under table and we will get it in 1 day.

In my opinion you're better to bring your son's birth certificate as well. And translate+authorise it, in any case... it KZ! Everything can happen.

Honestly I think it's already becoming more easy just to register your marriage abroad, like UK or UAE....

Good luck and God bless

Thanks Joe&Sabi

Joe&Sabi :

TSON needs IIN, that's true.
We went to local tax body that refer to your hotel's location. Showed them translated passport, paid fee, showed migration registration documents and they issued IIN within 3 days. They asked if we need it ASAP we can add 5000 tenge under table and we will get it in 1 day.

Thinks in the CIS never change lol

Joe&Sabi :

In my opinion you're better to bring your son's birth certificate as well. And translate+authorise it, in any case... it KZ! Everything can happen.

Will do that, and his passport too - make sure there is no way they can argue!

Joe&Sabi :

Honestly I think it's already becoming more easy just to register your marriage abroad, like UK or UAE....

Good luck and God bless

Thank you for that!  If only the UAE was easier - because she is pregnant, we can't do it here...or we'll get arrested! Also I need Male relatives, witnesses, permission etc....on top of compulsory genetics test. Oh, and I forgot - as she is Muslim, I would have to convert and pass an exam on Islam to get permission to get a marriage licence!!! KZ actually looks like less stress! lol

Aweeee...  now I see....
You'd better convert her to Christ...
God bless you all and baby inside!

"The IIN concerns me, as apparently they need a Tax number from my country of residence?"

For my IIN, they did not require a tax number from my country (Australia), perhaps it is a new requirement in the last 4 years, I only got an IIN because I wanted a local bank account.

Do you have a tax number in the UK, perhaps bring an old tax assessment notice or national insurance number?

"... they waive the period drastically  (ZAGS and TSON both said so) - so I won't be there more than 30 days (more than likely) ..."

Things are not always as they say, on the day, they may decide not to waive the period ... be careful and have a plan B for anything to do with the bureaucracy in Kazakhstan ... and don't be tempted to "pay a little extra under the counter" for preferential treatment ... I'm reasonably sure you don't want to inspect the insides of a KZ gaol for any length of time ... the crackdown on corruption is increasingly catching the lower level officials (bureaucracy officials et cetera) ... and leaving the ones at the top relatively untouched ...

Hi there,

Update:

All paperwork in hand, translated, and attested (to the tune of $2000+!!!) apart from IIN and (CNI) Certificate of No Impediment from UK embassy in Astana.

Quick Q - with CNI, do I need to send off to the UK, or can I get a stamp in the UK embassy in Astana, do a translation and use?

Thanks - Am actually starting to see the light at the end of this marathon!!!

Thanks for that - definitely not planning to visit the clink! Am almost there - Have legalised, attested and translated Divorce cert and contract & sons birth certificate as they are UAE docs. Will do my passport this weekend in KZ, as well as apply for my CNI!

Should also get my IIN too - as you need one to open a bank account too. They told me to say I want it for banking, and they will do it quicker than if I want it for marriage....bizarre!

"...  or can I get a stamp in the UK embassy in Astana, do a translation and use?"

As you have a certificate of no impediment to marriage from the government of the UK, you need to have that apostilled by whatever department of the UK government that handles that ( it appears that at least according to the FCO website ...

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/notarial-an … kazakhstan

you must get the legalisation done by the Legalisation Office ... http://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised ).

Thanks NucMed,

That seems painless enough.....after all the other steps, its prob one of the easier ones!

Dumb question.....

Once I get the apostillised/legalised CNI from the FCO, I need to get it translated. Do I need to have that legalised or can a local legal translator take care of that? Am just seeing time being eaten up by a crazy number of steps....

"Do I need to have that legalised or can a local legal translator take care of that?"

I think you can have that either done by the UK embassy in Astana or they may be able to direct you to someone that can do it for you in Astana (I am unsure of all the documents that the UK embassy will and will not provide since I am Australian rather than British).

Perhaps the website ...

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/notarial-an … kazakhstan

may be able to direct you in the right direction ...

OK - next part of the odyssey......

Got my CNI from the British Embassy, stamped and in Russian....Got told to go to Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get it stamped....so my other half calls ahead to check where and what the process is - MFA then proceed to tell us they don't deal with this, and that TSON does it.....
TSON then say they only deal with Kazakh bodies - not foreign embassies, and to go back to the embassy

So I called the FCO, who do the apostille for any UK docs (Embassies no longer do it....part of a cost cutting exercise by the delightful government we have) Then got told FCO in the UK won't apostillise a document that is in Russian.......AAAGH!

So now waiting in limbo for the embassy to advise us of anything we can do - It would be funny if it wasn't so stressful....

So, you have a certificate of no impediment to marriage in English that has been apostilled?

Do you have a translation of that document in Russian? Have you got that notarised?

What else do they want if not those two documents (apart from the other bits of paper unrelated)?

Only the translation needs to be notarised, only the original needs to have an apostille.

Surely the UK embassy in Astana can direct you to a notarius (if you are missing a notarised version of the translation)? Or you could walk down the street and find one within a few minutes (in most cities in KZ, there are нотариус every 20 metres)?

Forgive me if I have either got the wrong end of the stick here or the rules have changed recently.

Hi there,

The embassy have given me a letter in Russian ( it's the CNI). It's been signed by the Pro-Consul and stamped by the Embassy. I don't have any documents in English.

Was told to take that to MFA for legalisation....

I recall there was some documents you had to get legalised twice because they were from the UAE, but the certificate of no impediment to marriage was just from the UK embassy (or have I got that wrong)?

If so, the the certificate of no impediment to marriage originally should have been in English and apostilled.

Then a translation of that into Russian should be made and notarised and presented (along with all your other documents) when you go to register to marry.

Well...I'm finally in Kazakhstan and to cut a Lon story short - we got married yesterday!

The no objection from the embassy needed to be arrested by MFA consular dept in Astana, and we got it back after 3 days, and ZAGS accepted a letter from doctor re pregnancy status, and they decided to offer us the next day! All done and dusted now!

Hi!  there are some rules to be married in Kazakhstan. I would advise you to contact Kazakh Service Centre. This world wide company helps expats with their paperwork when they are going to enter the country and with their KZ police certificates and other issues when expats are out of the Kazakhstan.
This Company can obtain for you the Certificate of non impediment in Canada and legalize it. prepare the Statutory Declaration of Single Status in US, UK and apostille them and mane many things. And the most important thing - Kazakh Service Centre does not charge as  lawyers, the rates are pretty reasonable! The service is fast!

Congratulations!! Cheers!!! After a long process, time to celebrate.

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