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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

of December 20, 1991 No. 1017-XII

About nationality of the Republic of Kazakhstan

(as amended on 29-06-2020)

This Law regulates questions of nationality of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Citizen and state

Nationality of the Republic of Kazakhstan determines the steady political legal bond of person with the state expressing set of their mutual rights and obligations.

In the Republic of Kazakhstan each person has the right to nationality. Nationality in the Republic of Kazakhstan is acquired and stops according to this Law.

The citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan cannot be deprived of nationality, the right to change the nationality, and also cannot be expelled out of limits of Kazakhstan. Deprivation of nationality of the Republic of Kazakhstan is allowed only by a court decision for making of terrorist crimes, and also for causing other severe harm to the vital interests of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Republic of Kazakhstan on behalf of the state bodies and officials is responsible before citizens of the Republic, and the citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan is responsible in front of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He shall observe the Constitution and the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to protect interests of the Republic of Kazakhstan, its territorial integrity, to treat customs, traditions, state language and languages of all nationalities living in its territory with respect, to promote strengthening of power, sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Article 2. Legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on nationality

1. The legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on nationality is based on the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan and consists of this Law and other regulatory legal acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

2. If the international treaty ratified by the Republic of Kazakhstan establishes other rules, than those which are provided by this Law then are applied rules of the international treaty.

Article 3. Belonging to nationality of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan are persons who:

constantly live in the Republic of Kazakhstan on the date of entry into force of this Law;

acquired nationality of the Republic of Kazakhstan according to this Law;

were born in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan and do not consist in nationality of foreign state.

For the citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan nationality of other state is not recognized.

The Republic of Kazakhstan creates conditions for return to its territory of persons which by force left the Republic territory during the periods of mass repressions, violent collectivization as a result of other inhuman political actions, and their descendants, and also for the Kazakhs living in the territory of other states.

Article 4. Document on nationality

The document confirming nationality of the Republic of Kazakhstan is the identity certificate or the passport of the citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Nationality of the child aged up to 16 years is confirmed by its certificate of birth, the passport of any of parents.

Article 5. Legal status of citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Nationality of the Republic of Kazakhstan is single and equal irrespective of the bases of its acquisition.

Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan are equal before the law, irrespective of origin, social and property status, racial and national identity, floor, education, language, the relation to religion, political and other convictions, sort and nature of occupations, the residence or any other circumstances.

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