Kazakhstan is an independent state, formerly a Soviet republic. However, like 12 of the other 15 other former republics - save Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania - it is a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Thus, ties to Russia continue to be close. This relationship is particularly critical, because Kazakhstan's oil is presently exported through pipelines across Russian territory.
To encourage foreign investment, the government has initiated a program of economic reform and privatization.
The currency has stabilized, inflation reduced dramatically while the GDP increased, and state control over the economy is gradually being lifted. The government still has considerable economic control, however, and reforms to the legal system are also needed to bring it up to international standards.
There are a variety of housing options, both furnished and unfurnished. In Almaty, it is possible to find housing ranging from an apartment in the city center to a traditional cottage in a more rural setting. Housing in Astana tends to be newer and more modern. Some housing is centrally located, but new developments are often further from the city's center. Construction quality can not necessarily be assessed by the age of a building.
Educational options in the major cities of Kazakhstan include international schools, local private and public schools with instruction in Kazakh or Russian, or home schooling. All schools require a letter of intent and information on the purpose of the parents' residency in Kazakhstan.
Visa & Immigration
Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for Kazakhstan and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.
Santa Fe Relocation Services Astana Office
Address: 23 Mirzoyan St, Astana
Contact Number: +7 717 252 3000
Manager: Stanislav Zyukov
Let us assist you with obtaining a Kazakhstan visa, finding an apartment or school in Astana, and more!
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