Kazakhstan's overseas missions begin issuing five-year visas for U.S. citizens

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ASTANA. August 2. KAZINFORM On August 1, 2013, in Washington DC, Kazakhstan's Ambassador to the U.S. Kairat Umarov officially handed Kazakhstan's first five-year multiple entry visa for an American citizen. The person who received the visa is a member of the U.S. Congress, Eni Faleomavaega. He is planning to visit Kazakhstan in August, Kazinform has learnt from the Kazakh MFA's press service.

Eni Faleomavaega emphasized the symbolism of this moment and expressed the view that political stability, economic prosperity and adherence of Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev to a nuclear weapon-free world, promote Kazakhstan's transparency and reliability as a strategic partner for the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, Congressman Faleomavaega is known as one of the most respected U.S. lawmakers who oppose nuclear testing. "The introduction of a more liberal visa regime and the mutual provision of long-term multiple visas will strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries," the Congressman said.

Meanwhile, Steven Rose, became the first holder of the five-year Kazakhstan visa issued by Kazakhstan's Consulate General in New York. "I am glad to be one of the first Americans to have received a five-year Kazakhstan's visa. I love your country, where my friends live and I plan to visit them more often," he said.

Mutual issuance of five-year visas is the result of the work of the two countries' foreign ministries, as well as an important outcome of the recent visit of Kazakhstan's Foreign Erlan Idrissov to the United States.

From now on, all Kazakhstan's overseas missions are moving to a new regime of issuing visas for American citizens.

Kazakhstan became the first country in CIS to have established such a visa regime with the United States.

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