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DECREE CONCERNING LEGAL STATUS OF FOREIGN CITIZENS IN THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN (1993) (unofficial translation, excerpt)

Section I. General Provisions

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Article 4. Foreign Citizens Permanently Residing and Temporarily Staying in the Republic of Kazakhstan

Foreign citizens are considered permanently residing in the Republic of Kazakhstan if they receive authorization and residence permission issued by the internal affairs institutions. Foreign citizens stationed in the Republic of Kazakhstan on other legitimate ground are considered temporarily staying in the Republic of Kazakhstan. They are obliged to register according to the established procedures and leave the Republic of Kazakhstan once their period of residing expires.

Section II. Basic rights, freedoms and obligations of the foreign citizens in the Republic of Kazakhstan

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Article 12. Participation in Public Associations

Foreign citizens permanently residing in the Republic of Kazakhstan have the right to join public associations, except for political parties and public associations that pursue political goals and if it does not contradict charters of these associations.