Registration for Foreign Citizens: Finally Canceled
Starting from November 4 citizens of foreign countries had to register within 5 days since their arrival. Earlier we explained the reasons behind the amendments to migration law and prepared instructions on going through the registration process.
The amendments shortening unregistered stay have caused resentment among both expats, foreign and local citizens. A petition against the new migration law has collected over 800 supporters. Some political forces tried to use the situation to their own benefit. For instance, Omurbek Babanov, whose party including himself used to unanimously vote for the amendments, made a statement against the amendments one month later.
After a week since the new migration entered into force, State Registration Service filed a proposal to the Government to extend unregistered stay from 5 to 30 days for a list of 67 countries. On November 17 it was announced that multi-agency commission under the Government decided to increase the list of countries up to 90.
Last week the Government promised to approve the new law on December 19. Today it was signed by Prime Minister. The list has 92 countries, who finally got the updated unregistered stay period. Each country now has a different unregistered stay period — from 8 days to 90.