Print   

LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF KYRGYZISTAN

ON EXTERNAL MIGRATION

Adopted by the Jogorky Kenesh

Legislative Assembly

of the Kyrgyz Republic

on June 23 of 2000

Present law shall regulate external migration legal relations and determine legislative basis for external migration in the Kyrgyz Republic.

SECTION 1. General Provisions

Article 1. Main definitions used in the present Law

Article 2. Primary objectives of the present Law

The primary objectives of this Law shall be as follows:

Article 3. Legislative acts regulating external migration

In the Kyrgyz Republic the external migration shall be regulated by the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic, present Law and other Kyrgyz normative and legal acts as well as international treaties of the Kyrgyz Republic.

This Law shall not be applicable to the persons with refugee status and asylum-seekers.

Article 4. Primary principles for regulating external migration in the Kyrgyz Republic

The external migration management shall be based on principles as follows:

Article 5. Authorized state agencies.

In the Kyrgyz Republic the following shall be the authorized state agencies: State Agency for Migration and Demography under the Kyrgyz Government (hereinafter referred to as the State Agency), the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ministry of National Security of the Kyrgyz Republic, and Ministry of Defense of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Observance of the requirements of the present Law shall be controlled by the above-mentioned state agencies within their authority, determined by the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.

SECTION II.  Entry and Sojourn of Foreign Nationals and Stateless Persons in the Kyrgyz Republic

Chapter 1. Main requirements to the entry and sojourn of foreign nationals and stateless persons in the Kyrgyz Republic

Article 6. Permission issued to foreign nationals and stateless persons for entering, sojourning and exiting the Kyrgyz Republic

A foreign national or a stateless person with a legitimate entry visa may enter the Kyrgyz Republic, except for the cases envisaged in the second section, article 7 of the present Law unless otherwise provided by the international treaties of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Foreign nationals or stateless persons arriving in the KR for permanent or temporary residence shall be allowed to enter and stay in the Kyrgyz Republic on the basis of visa and temporary and permanent residence permits issued in accordance with the procedures of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Upon the arrival to the final destination in the Kyrgyz Republic foreign nationals or stateless persons shall register their arrival within five days according to the procedure established by the present Law, unless otherwise provided by the International treaties of the Kyrgyz Republic.

To work in the Kyrgyz Republic, foreign nationals or stateless persons shall have an authorization for employment.

A foreign national or a stateless person, visiting the Kyrgyz Republic, may apply for visa extension, residence permit, and employment authorization.

Foreign nationals or stateless persons shall depart from the Kyrgyz Republic upon the expiry or revocation of visa or residence permit.

Article 7. Entry of foreign nationals and stateless persons into the Kyrgyz Republic

Foreign nationals or stateless persons with the valid visas and passports or other travel documents shall enter the Kyrgyz Republic at the checkpoints of the state border, opened for the transnational communication, unless otherwise provided by the present Law.

The entry of foreign nationals or stateless person into the Kyrgyz shall be denied on the following grounds:

If applicant with a valid visa is denied to enter, he shall be notified about denial by the authorized state agency that took a denial decision, in a written form. Applicant shall have a right to appeal against this decision in accordance with the Kyrgyz legislation. 

Upon entry to the Kyrgyz Republic a foreign national or a stateless person shall be subject to the immigration control. The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic shall approve the statute on immigration control.

The procedural requirements for crossing the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic shall be regulated by the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On the state border”, as well as international agreements signed by the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 8. Registration of foreign nationals and stateless persons.

Foreign nationals and stateless persons, arriving to the Kyrgyz Republic for a period exceeding five working days shall register his arrival with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its territorial agencies, Ministry of Interior and its territorial agencies, and hotels in accordance with the present Law, except for the cases envisaged by this article.

The following holders of foreign passports shall be exempted from the registration:

Article 9. Registration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The following foreign citizens enjoying the special international immunity, which is recognized by the Kyrgyz Republic, shall register themselves with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic and its agencies shall issue accreditation cards or register passports, by putting a special note in them, of the above mentioned persons.

If necessary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic shall register the passports of state and public figures of foreign countries and members of their families, who arrived to the Kyrgyz Republic, at the request of the diplomatic or consular missions as well as international organizations or other host organization.

Article 10. Registration with the bodies of interior.

Bodies of interior shall register foreign passports of foreign nationals and stateless persons with a valid visa, who are not mentioned in the articles 8, 9 of this Law. Registration shall be performed on the basis of written letters from host organization and foreign missions in the Kyrgyz Republic. Letters shall be submitted to the bodies of interior not later than five days after submission of foreign passports by foreign nationals or stateless persons to a host organization or diplomatic mission for the registration.

Article 11. Registration in the hotels

Foreign passports of all foreign nationals or stateless persons accommodated in the hotels shall be subject to registration irrespective of the purpose of the visit and period of stay in the Kyrgyz Republic. Registration shall be performed at the personal requests of these nationals or written letters from host organizations, foreign missions in the Kyrgyz Republic. Registration of foreign passports shall be valid for a period, indicated in the requests, tours, and letters. As to the registration of people who arrived in Kyrgyz Republic on the basis of visa, it shall be valid for a period of visa validity.

Article 12. Extension of registration effect

Effect of registration of foreign nationals shall be extended after extension of validity period of visa or residence permit for the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 13. Visa issuance

For foreign nationals and stateless persons coming from outside Kyrgyzstan entry visas for the Kyrgyz Republic shall be issued by diplomatic or consular missions of the Kyrgyz Republic. In case of the absence of those missions entry visas should be issued by specially authorized missions of other countries in accordance with the article 14 of the present Law.

On the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic visas shall be issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Ministry of Interiors.

Categories and types of visas as well as the order of their registration shall be determined by the Kyrgyz Government.

Article 14. Grounds for visa issuance and extension

Grounds for issuing entry visas and their extension shall be as follows:

Article 15. Residence permit

Foreign nationals or stateless persons, who arrived to the Kyrgyz Republic, may apply for the residence permit. Residence permits shall be temporary and permanent.

Foreign nationals or stateless persons, who arrived to the Kyrgyz Republic for a period exceeding six months, should be issued a temporary residence permit.

Foreign nationals or stateless persons, who were issued the status of an immigrant in conformity with this Law, shall be issued a permanent residence permit.

The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic shall establish the procedural requirements for residence permit issuance.

In the Kyrgyz Republic the Ministry of Interior shall issue residence permits.

Temporary or permanent residence permits shall be the identification documents of a foreign national or a stateless person during his stay on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Temporary or permanent residence permit along with the passport should give the right for multiple crossing of the state border without a visa.

Article 16. Grounds for denying visa and residence permit.

Residence permit shall be denied to a foreign national or a stateless person when applicant:

Article 17. Revocation of visa or residence permit

Residence permit shall be revoked if a foreign national or a stateless person:

Article 18. Reduction of the period of stay of foreign nationals and stateless persons in the Kyrgyz Republic

The time frame prescribed for the stay of a foreign national or a stateless person in the Kyrgyz Republic shall be reduced if a foreign national or a stateless person violated the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Decision on reducing the period of stay shall be rendered by a body that issued visa or residency permit.

Article 19. Order to depart from the Kyrgyz Republic and administrative removal from the Kyrgyz Republic

The bodies of interior and national security shall order to a foreign national or a stateless person, whose visa or residence permit had been expired or revoked to depart from the Kyrgyz Republic. Foreign national shall be obliged to leave the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic within the time indicated in the order.

In the event of non-compliance with the order a foreign national or a stateless person shall be subject to removal from the Kyrgyz Republic.

A foreign national or a stateless person shall be removed from the Kyrgyz Republic when:

Documents on removal shall be prepared by the bodies of interior and national security.

Decision on removal of foreign citizens and stateless persons from the Kyrgyz Republic as a measure of administrative penalty shall be taken by court (judge).

Along with the order to leave the country Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of National Security of the Kyrgyz Republic after informing Ministry of Foreign Affairs may impose temporary or permanent prohibition to enter the Kyrgyz Republic.

Removal of foreign citizens and stateless persons shall be performed by the bodies of interior or national security according to the court decision.

Administrative removal shall be carried out at the expense of:

Article 20. Travel in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Foreign citizens shall have a freedom of movement on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic opened for visit of foreign citizens.

In the areas, closed for visit of foreign nationals, entry and travel shall be authorized by the bodies of interior.

Article 21. Procedural requirements for movement of foreign citizens

Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall determine the requirements for movement of foreign citizens or stateless persons whose documents were registered in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic and its representatives.

These requirements shall apply to the employees of airlines, banks, trade companies, and other foreign representatives permanently accredited in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 22. Travel documents.

Foreigners or stateless persons visiting the Kyrgyz Republic shall have valid passports or other identification documents.

In the event of loss of passport or another travel document, a foreign citizen shall immediately notice the nearest office of interior or diplomatic or consular agency of a state, issued travel document, and receive a written confirmation of the fact of loss.

Article 23. Transit travel

Foreign nationals and stateless persons shall transit through the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic in accordance with the Rules on Transit Through the Territory of the Kyrgyz Republic approved by the Kyrgyz Government and international treaties, to which Kyrgyzstan is signatory.

Transit foreign nationals heading for the checkpoint by the shortest road with all transit rules observed, may stay on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic more than it was determined in the transit visa only if they have a permission of authorized bodies, unless otherwise provided by the international treaties of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 24. Procedural requirements for foreign citizens and stateless persons to enter, move, and exit on private and official vehicles

Government of the Kyrgyz Republic shall determine requirements for foreign citizens and stateless persons entering, moving and exiting Kyrgyzstan on their private and official vehicles.

Transport vehicles, brought in by foreign nationals and stateless persons with the obligation to bring them back, shall be removed abroad upon the expiry of the determined period and shall not be alienated to other people on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.

In the event of violation of the second paragraph of this article, transport vehicles shall be withdrawn for benefit of the state according to the court decision.

Article 25. Obligations of individuals and legal entities inviting foreign nationals and stateless persons

Individuals and legal entities, who invited foreign nationals and stateless persons to the Kyrgyz Republic, and host organizations shall opportunely explain their rights and obligations, envisaged by the Kyrgyz legislation, and also take opportune measures for the registration and issuance of the documents for the right to stay, travel, and exit from the Kyrgz Republic upon the expiry of visit period

Financial support and medical care shall be provided by the host organizations unless there are other written arrangements of the parties.

Chapter II. Entry of foreign nationals or stateless persons into the Kyrgyz Republic for temporary residence

Article 26. Temporary residence permit

Temporary residence permit shall be issued to a foreign national or a stateless person, who arrived to the Kyrgyz Republic for a period more than six months and who have a legal means of subsistence in the Kyrgyz Republic:

Temporary residence permit may be issued to a foreign national a stateless person:

Temporary residence permit may as well be issued to members of families of persons listed above.   

Article 27. Procedural requirements for employment of foreign citizens and stateless persons

The procedural requirements for employment of foreign nationals or stateless persons in the Kyrgyz Republic shall be determined by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Recruitment of foreign labor in the Kyrgyz Republic shall be carried out on the ground of authorizations issued by the State Agency on Migration and Demography under the Kyrgyz Government in accordance with the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.

In labor migration management it shall be priority to protect domestic labor market.

Article 28. Quota for labor migration.

Quota for labor migration shall determine limited number of foreign citizens and stateless persons arriving to the Kyrgyz Republic for the employment purpose.    Quota for labor migration shall be determined annually four months before the beginning of the year by the Kyrgyz Government and shall be approved by the Legislative Assembly of the Kyrgyz Jogorku Kenesh. 

Labor migration quota for legal entities and individuals having the goal to invite labor migrants to the Kyrgyz Republic shall be determined by the State Agency for Migration and Demography under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic according to the annual labor migration quota. 

Article 29. Conditions of stay of foreign nationals and stateless persons arrived to the Kyrgyz Republic for labor migration reasons

Foreigners and stateless persons, who arrived to the Kyrgyz Republic as labor migrants with no purpose of changing citizenship, shall have a permanent residence outside the Kyrgyz Republic.

Foreigners and stateless persons, who entered the Kyrgyz Republic and started working without employment authorization issued by a relevant body, unless otherwise provided by inter-state agreements, shall be subject to the administrative removal in conformity with the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Chapter III. Immigration

Article 30. Immigration quota

With the purpose of state regulation of immigration in the Kyrgyz Republic an annual immigration quota shall be determined for establishing maximum number for immigration.

4 months before the beginning of each calendar year the immigration quota shall be determined by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and approved by the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 31. Granting status of immigrant

Foreign nationals and stateless persons, who temporarily resides in the Kyrgyz Republic and wishes to receive an immigrant status in the Kyrgyz Republic, shall apply to the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic and its territorial agencies.

Foreign nationals or stateless persons, residing outside the Kyrgyz Republic and wishing to arrive to the Kyrgyz Republic for permanent residence, shall apply for an immigrant status to the diplomatic mission or consular agency of the Kyrgyz Republic abroad personally or through an authorized representative. Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall submit this application to the Ministry of Interior for consideration and then to the State Agency on Migration and Demography under the Kyrgyz Government for the further consideration.

Any capable person, came of age (18 years), shall have a right to apply for immigration to the Kyrgyz Republic.

The State Migration Agency under the Kyrgyz Government shall consider the applications for granting the immigrant status and make final decisions in conformity with immigration quota as established by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Period for consideration of the application for immigration shall not exceed one year.

Decisions on granting immigration status of the State Migration Agency under the Kyrgyz Government shall be appealed in the court.

To receive an immigrant status, foreign citizens or stateless persons should have a stable income, enabling them to support themselves (and members of their families). Money equivalent of their daily needs shall be determined by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

In the event of a lack of sufficient financial resources, there should be a guarantee of his and his family members’ employment or financial support of the applicant and his family members not less than the established in the Kyrgyz Republic living wage.

Article 32. Procedures of applying for immigration

The following documents, certified by a notary, shall be attached to the application for immigration:

In addition to above listed documents, following documents shall be attached to the application:

In the event when parents-immigrants move with their minors aged 14-18 a written agreement of minors shall be required.

When only one parent, accompanied by minors under 18 years, moves to the Kyrgyz Republic, he/she shall present an application of another spouse that he/she agrees with the fact of the children living with a parent-immigrant. Application shall be certified by a notary. In case there is no such agreement the parent-immigrant shall present court decision on giving the custody of children to this parent.

If necessary, the Ministry of Interior and the State Migration Agency under the Kyrgyz Government shall have the right to demand additional documents from the applicant.

Article 33. Individuals enjoying preferential rights for immigrant status

Below are foreign citizens and stateless persons with the preferential rights for receiving immigrant status:

Article 34. Grounds for denying immigrant status

Foreign citizens and stateless persons shall be not granted immigrant visa in case when applicant:

Applicant shall be informed about denial of granting him immigrant status within three days from the moment of decision approval. This decision shall be handed to an applicant in a written from upon his request.

Article 35. Permanent residence permit

Permanent residence permit shall be issued by the Ministry of Interior and its territorial agencies to a foreign citizen or a stateless person, granted immigrant status in accordance of the present Law.

Article 36. Rights and obligations of immigrants

Rights and obligations of the immigrants shall be envisaged by the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic”, and other Kyrgyz normative and legal acts as well as international treaties signed by the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 37. Renewed application for immigration

A foreign national or a stateless person, whose application for immigration to the Kyrgyz Republic was denied, shall have the right to renew the application for immigration.

A renewed application for immigration shall be accepted one year after making previous decision. 

Article 38. The State Immigration Fund.

For the purpose to support immigrants Immigration fund shall be established under the State Agency on Migration and Demography of the Kyrgyz Republic. The fund shall be established on the basis of:

The procedural requirements for establishing and using the Immigration Fund shall be determined in accordance with the Kyrgyz legislation.

SECTION III.  Exit and entry of the Kyrgyz citizen into the Kyrgyz Republic

Chapter 1.  Main requirements to the Kyrgyz citizens exiting and entering the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 39. Procedures for exiting from the Kyrgyz Republic

Each citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic shall have the right for exit from the Kyrgyz Republic and entry into the Kyrgyz Republic. The national of the Kyrgyz Republic shall not be deprived of the right to exit from the Kyrgyz Republic. Temporary restrictions shall be imposed on exit from the Kyrgyz Republic in conformity with the article 45 of the present Law.

Citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic shall not be deprived of the right to enter the Kyrgyz Republic.

Foreign citizens or stateless persons shall exit from the Kyrgyz Republic at the ports of exit of the state border opened for transnational communication in possession of valid passports and visas, unless otherwise provided by the legislative acts or international treaties of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 40. Exit of minors

Citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic under 18 may exit from the Kyrgyz Republic under the application of legal representatives, certified by the notaries. In the event of absence of agreement of legal representatives exit of minors shall be authorized by the court decision.

Exit of minors aged 14-18 years to foreign countries for permanent residence shall be allowed only on the ground of their written consent, certified by notaries.

Article 41. Exit of disabled persons from the Kyrgyz Republic

The exit of the Kyrgyz nationals, recognized as disabled by court decision, from the Kyrgyz Republic shall be allowed on the basis of an application of their legal representatives, certified by notaries, or court decision. 

Article 42. Documents granting the right to the Kyrgyz national to exit from the Kyrgyz Republic and enter the Kyrgyz Republic.

Documents, granting the right for exit from the Kyrgyz Republic and entry to the Kyrgyz Republic and identifying documents of the Kyrgyz nationals during their stay outside the Kyrgyz Republic shall be as follows:

The Statute on the enlisted documents shall be approved by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

When all procedural requirements are met, these documents shall be the property of the Kyrgyz Republic and shall be valid for travel to all countries of the world.

In the event of loss of the documents, enlisted in part 1 of this article, the document, granting the right to enter the Kyrgyz Republic, shall be identification document for return to the Kyrgyz Republic, issued by diplomatic or consular missions of the Kyrgyz Republic abroad. The statute on the document for return shall be approved by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

In circumstances, envisaged by the international agreements of the Kyrgyz Republic, other documents could be used for exit to foreign countries than those, enlisted in part one of this article.

Article 43. The procedure of issuing travel documents to Kyrgyz nationals travelling abroad.

1. Kyrgyz national passport to travel abroad shall be issued to:

In the exceptional cases, under requirements of the state, where Kyrgyz citizen is travelling, or international organizations looking for his participation, the passport shall be issued to a citizen under 18.

Individuals, applying for passport issuance, shall inform about the purpose of the travel, personal information, information on family status and minor children and dependants, and lack of circumstances, restricting rights for travel abroad according to this Law.

2. National passports of the Kyrgyz Republic shall be issued for 10 years.

Passport validity shall be extended according to the procedures in an established order for the passport issuance.

On the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic issuance of passport for travelling abroad and extension of passport validity shall require state duty and consular fees collection.

 3. National passports for children shall be issued on the basis of application, certified by notary, of their parents or legal representatives, in case of a need for independent travel of children abroad. The application shall provide information on a child, as well as lack of circumstances that, according to this Law, may result in imposing restrictions on the rights to travel to foreign countries. (Children aged under 16 only).

Travel documents for children of Kyrgyz citizens, permanently residing in the Kyrgyz Republic, shall be issued by the bodies of interior by place of residence, and to those, residing abroad – by diplomatic or consular missions of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Travel document for children should be issued for three years or till the age of 18.

4. Diplomatic or official passports of the Kyrgyz Republic shall be issued to Kyrgyz nationals by the consulate of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conformity with the established procedures.

 Article 44.  Procedures of passport issuance, their temporary retaining and withdrawal.

Procedures for passport issuance, their temporary retaining and withdrawal shall be determined by the Kyrgyz Government in conformity with this Law, and shall be published.

Article 45. Terms and procedures for considering travel document.

Applications of Kyrgyz nationals or their legal representatives for the issuance of Kyrgyz travel documents for permanent residency shall be considered within three months and travel documents for temporary exit  –  within one month.

Applicant shall be notified about grounded denial or consent in travel documents issuance in the written form within five days after rendering these decisions.

When reason to travel abroad is related to an urgent medical treatment of the travelling citizen or serious illness or death of a relative, residing abroad, application shall be considered immediately. Travelling citizen shall be informed about decision not later than within three working days.

Article 46. Grounds for imposing temporary restrictions on the rights of Kyrgyz nationals to travel abroad.

Temporary restrictions may be imposed on passport issuance for exiting from the Kyrgyz Republic, if:

The passport shall be temporarily retained or withdrawn in cases, provided by paragraphs 1-9, part one of this article or if passport was used for committing a crime, or the passport is fraudulent, as well as when citizenship is suspended. Temporary retaining or withdrawal of the passport in such cases shall be executed by the court, prosecutor’s office, bodies of interior and security of the Kyrgyz republic.

Article 47. Grounds for imposing restrictions on travel of Kyrgyz nationals to foreign countries for security reasons.

In the event of emergency situation in any foreign state that makes it impossible to ensure security of Kyrgyz nationals, Kyrgyz Government on the submission of the declaration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall make a decision on special arrangements for the travel of Kyrgyz nationals to this state or shall have a right to impose restrictions on travel to this state. Restrictions shall be effective till the change of the situation hindering from the travel.

Decisions of the Kyrgyz Government on restrictions shall be disclosed to the Kyrgyzstan people, intending to travel to the state. The Kyrgyz Government shall warn people about impossibility to ensure security to the Kyrgyzstan citizens due to the emergency situation. This warning shall not prohibit travelling.

Article 48. Procedures for disputes settlement

Citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic may appeal against the decision on denial in passport issuance or extension or temporary retaining or withdrawal of the passport in court.

Denial in travel abroad on the grounds, provided by paragraphs 3-5 and 9, article 45 of this Law shall not be appealed by the Kyrgyz citizens.

Article 49. Registration of the Kyrgyz citizens abroad.

Kyrgyz citizens travelling abroad for more than three months shall register their arrival within three days in diplomatic or consular missions of the Kyrgyz Republic in the state of travelling.

In the event of absence of the diplomatic or consular missions of the Kyrgyz Republic, registration shall be performed through electronic or facsimile means of communication in the country of arrival.

In the event of absence of the diplomatic or consular missions of the Kyrgyz Republic in the country of arrival, registration shall be performed in special authorized representatives of other states.

Chapter II. Exit of Kyrgyz citizens from the Kyrgyz Republic to foreign countries for temporary residence

Article 50. Protection of the rights and legal interests of the Kyrgyz citizens abroad by    the Kyryz Republic

The Kyrgyz citizens travelling abroad the Kyrgyz Republic are guaranteed protection of the Kyrgyz Republic in accordance with the Kyrgyz legislation.

Article 51. Employment of Kyrgyz nationals in foreign countries

Kyrgyz nationals, except for those performing military service, shall have the right for employment in the foreign countries.

Restrictions could be imposed on the exit of Kyrgyz nationals to foreign countries for employment reasons only in circumstances, provided by the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The procedural requirements for the employment of Kyrgyz nationals in the foreign countries shall be determined by the Kyrgyz Government.

Article 52. Exit for official purposes

Kyrgyz citizens shall exit from the Kyrgyz Republic due to official travel in conformity with the statute approved by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 53. Exit for private purposes

Exit of Kyrgyz nationals from the Kyrgyz Republic for private purposes shall be performed in conformity with this Law and other normative and legal acts of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Chapter III. Emigration

Article 54. Procedural requirements for the exit of Kyrgyz nationals for permanent residence outside the Kyrgyz Republic.

Kyrgyz nationals travelling outside the Kyrgyz Republic shall have a valid visa or permission issued according to the procedure established by the Kyrgyz legislation.

Kyrgyz nationals, who were issued exit travel documents, shall have the right to travel abroad with the owned property as well as to keep it on the territory of Kyrgyz Republic. No restrictions shall be imposed on their civil, social, employment, housing and other rights. Exit from the Kyrgyz Republic with the objects of cultural, historical or other wealth of the state shall be regulated by the Kyrgyz legislation and international treaties, to which the Kyrgyz Republic is obligatory.

Before exiting to the foreign country, Kyrgyz nationals shall fulfill property obligations before the individuals and legal entities under the jurisdiction of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Procedures for entry to the foreign state shall be regulated by the legislation of the relevant state of arrival as well as international agreements, to which Kyrgyz Republic is signatory.

Kyrgyz citizens can not be deprived of the right for entry to the KR.

Upon the return to the Kyrgyz Republic for permanent residence, Kyrgyz citizens, who moved to a foreign country for permanent residence, shall have all rights guaranteed by the Kyrgyz legislation and carry responsibilities envisaged by the legislation.

Article 55. Non-emigrants

Personnel of the Kyrgyz diplomatic and other missions in foreign countries, Kyrgyz nationals temporarily working in foreign countries, military servants, involved in peace-keeping activities, as well as students, individuals on medical treatment, tourists travelling under invitations of organizations or private persons and for official purposes in foreign countries shall not be deemed as emigrants. Other persons, who temporarily moved from the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic, shall also not be deemed as emigrants.

Article 56. Exit of nationals aware of state secret information.

Exit of Kyrgyz national aware of the state secret information from the Kyrgyz Republic should not be authorized on the grounds, provided by the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On Protection of State Secrets of the Kyrgyz Republic”.

Temporary restrictions shall be communicated to the citizens by administration of an enterprise, agency, organization or an authorized body, head of educational institution, commander of the military unit when hiring for work (study) or drafting for military service, having the access to state secret information.

Article 57. Expenses for exit of Kyrgyz nationals from the Kyrgyz Republic

Expenses for exit of Kyrgyz nationals for permanent residence to other countries from the Kyrgyz Republic shall be covered by the emigrants as well as by other legal sources.

SECTION IV. Responsibilities for Violation of the Kyrgyz Legislation.

Article 58. Grounds for responsibilities for violation of the Kyrgyz legislation

Immigrants, who committed administrative or other violations on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic, shall be responsible for their actions on common basis established for the Kyrgyz citizens, except for the cases, determined by the international agreements of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 59. Responsibilities for illegal entry to the Kyrgyz Republic

Foreign nationals or stateless persons shall be responsible for the illegal entry to the Kyrgyz Republic in compliance with the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Article 60. Responsibilities for hiring illegal migrants

In the event of employment as well as registration of illegal migrants, that is foreign citizens and stateless persons staying on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic without relevant authorization, materials on employers, irrespective of ownership form, and persons, responsible for the registration, shall be submitted to the court in compliance with the Kyrgyz legislation.

Article 61. Responsibilities of individuals and legal entities, who invited foreign nationals and stateless persons.

In the event of non compliance with the article 24 of the present Law individuals and legal entities, who invited foreign nationals and stateless persons to the Kyrgyz Republic, shall bear responsibilities in accordance with the Kyrgyz legislation.

Article 62. Responsibilities for violating the requirements for stay and transit travel

Foreign nationals or stateless persons for violation of stay and transit requirement, that is stay without the documents, or under fraudulent documents, violation of the registration procedures or travel or choice of the place of residence, evasion of exit upon the expiry of period for stay as well as violation of transit travel rules shall be brought to responsibilities according to the Kyrgyz legislation.   

The issue of responsibility of individuals, enjoying privileges and immunity in conformity with the Kyrgyz legislation and international legal acts shall be solved in a diplomatic way.

Article 63. Career Responsibilities

Authorized agencies shall ensure the exit of foreign nationals or stateless persons that arrived to KR without a relevant authorization at the expenses of foreign nationals or stateless persons, and when they can not cover travel costs – at the expenses of carrier.

If a foreign national or a stateless person, who being denied to enter the Kyrgyz Republic, cannot leave immediately, authorized state agencies of the Kyrgyz Republic shall determine their stay in a certain place before the exit.    

Expenses for stay of foreign nationals or stateless persons, enlisted in part two of this article, and exit, according to part 2 article 6 of this Law, shall be covered by the carrier.

The carrier, who brought foreign nationals or stateless persons in Kyrgyzstan, does not meet the conditions for entry, established by the articles 6 and 7 of this Law, shall be responsible in accordance with the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.  

SECTION V. Final Provisions

Article 64. State and consular fees

Under this Law state and consular fees shall be paid in an amount determined by the Kyrgyz legislation.

Article 65. Putting the present Law in force

The present Law shall be implemented from the day of its publication.

The Kyrgyz Government shall bring its normative acts into accord with the present Law.

The Kyrgyz Law “On Procedures For Stay of Foreign Citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic (bulletin of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic,1994, #3, p. 70) shall be recognized invalid.

The President of the Kyrgyz Republic

Akaev A.

Bishkek, Government House

July 17, 2000

# 61