Medical Insurance for foreign workers: amendments to the labour code

July 14, 2022 Federal Law came into force, which amended the Labour Code, in part connected with requirement that foreign nationals, who perform labour activities in Russia, have to be insured. At the moment, all foreign nationals who perform labour activities in Russia are required to have voluntary medical insurance. Employers have to indicate the […]

Medical exams, residence permit simplified procedure, temporary residence permit for foreign students

July 14, 2022 Federal Law came into force, which amended several Federal Laws on the status of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation. Medical examination of foreign citizens: Highly Qualified Specialists are now required to undergo medical examination not on the yearly basis, but when they apply for the work permit extension. Foreign citizens, who […]

All Covid-19 restrictions lifted

July 15, 2022 Government Order came into force, which lifted all previously implemented restrictions for entry and exit to and from Russia by Russian citizens and foreign citizens irrespective of their citizenship, as well as purpose, grounds and points of entry, and other conditions, implemented in connection with Covid-19 pandemic. All foreign citizens no longer […]

Belarus citizens are exempt from PCR-testing requirement

July 14, 2022 Order of the Chief state sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation has come into force, according to which, citizens of the Republic of Belarus are exempt from PCR-test requirement for boarding flights going to the Russian Federation. Earlier at the end of March 2022 this requirement has been abolished for all EAEU […]

Presidential Order: Ukrainian citizens receive Russian citizenship following simplified procedure

July 11, 2022 Presidential Order came into force, amending previously issued Orders which initially introduced simplified procedures for obtaining Russian citizenship for several categories of foreign nationals. According to the Order, now application for obtaining of Russian citizenship can be submitted by all Ukrainian citizens, as well as their: children (including adopted) spouses parents Simplified […]

Order of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor: 14-days quarantine upon arrival abolished

July 02, 2022 Order of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor came into force which abolished the following requirements: Self-isolation for 14 calendar days upon arrival for foreign citizens, who entered the Russian Federation to perform work activities Russian citizens no longer need to pass PCR-test upon arrival to the Russian Federation from abroad and therefore […]

Government Order: starting June 14 Covid-19 restrictions lifted

Starting June 14, 2022 the following restrictions, that were previously introduced by the Russian Government due to the Covid-19 pandemic, have been lifted: Foreign citizens irrespective of the country of their citizenship can enter the Russian Federation by air and sea transport without having to be entered into the Federal Security Service and the Ministry […]

Agreement with Uzbekistan: relaxation of address registration requirements

June 4, 2022 Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan came into force. According to the Agreement citizens of Uzbekistan have 15 calendar days to file for address registration upon entry to the Russian Federation. Earlier address registration had to be obtained within 7 business days […]

Presidential Order: simplified citizenship procedure for Ukrainian nationals

May 30, 2022 Presidential Order came into force, which contained additions to previously issued Presidential Orders on simplified procedure for procurement of Russian citizenship in humanitarian purposes by certain categories of foreign nationals. Following categories of foreign nationals can apply for Russian citizenship using simplified procedure: Citizens of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics Citizens of […]

Submission of the annual report on the flow of funds (ODS) on foreign accounts for 2021

Deadline for submission: has been extended until December 1, 2022 (Government Order ). Previously ODS reports had to be filed until June 1, 2022. ———————————————- Who has to file ODS: Residents of the Russian Federation (all citizens of the Russian Federation, as well as foreign citizens with a residence permit) who were in 2021 for a total […]

Entry to Russia: easement of Covid-19 entry restrictions

Starting May 17, 2022 Covid-19 entry restrictions were further eased: Citizens of the Russian Federation can now leave the Russian Federation for the Republic of Abkhazia, the Republic of South Ossetia, Mongolia, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, as well as the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic), the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) and […]

The list of professions (specialties, positions) of foreign citizens and stateless persons — qualified specialists who are eligible for admission to citizenship of the Russian Federation in a simplified manner

I. Medical workers 1.1 Positions of specialists with higher professional (medical) education (doctors) Anesthesiologist-resuscitatorBacteriologistHematologistPediatric oncologistDoctor — pediatric urologist-andrologistDoctor — pediatric surgeonPediatric endocrinologistHealth center doctorInfectious disease doctorCardiologistDoctor of clinical laboratory diagnosticsNeurologistNeonatologistGeneral Practitioner (family doctor)OncologistOtorhinolaryngologistOphthalmologistPathologistPediatricianDistrict pediatricianMedical Rehabilitation DoctorPalliative Care PhysicianDoctor of the emergency departmentPsychiatristChild psychiatristDistrict Children PsychiatristAdolescent psychiatristPrecinct Adolescent PsychiatristDistrict psychiatristPsychiatrist-narcologistRadiologistRheumatologistRadiologistEmergency medical doctorMedical StatisticianDentistGeneral practitionerDistrict general practitioner Orthopedic […]

Entry to Russia: easement of Covid-19 entry restrictions

Starting April 15, 2022 Covid-19 entry restrictions were further eased: Entry through Russia-Mongolia and Russia-China land border was opened Additionally, air communication was resumed with the following countries (entry is possible without Federal Security Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia entry list): Algeria Afghanistan Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Zimbabwe Israel Democratic People’s Republic […]

Medical certificates: validity of medical documents

Our company has received confirmation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation about the validity period of medical documents issued on the basis of the results of a medical examination undertaken by foreign citizens: foreign citizens who have passed a medical examination in the period from December 29, 2021 to March 1, […]

Entry to Russia: The EAEU citizens are no longer required to submit PCR to enter Russia

Starting April 1, 2022 for EAEU citizens (i.e. citizens of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic), entering the Russian Federation through land borders, the requirement for the presence of a negative PCR test has been canceled. Citizens of the Russian Federation returning from abroad and crossing […]

Entry to Russia: restrictions on entry from Kazakhstan and Mongolia lifted

Starting March 30, 2022 – restrictions have been lifted on the entry of citizens of Kazakhstan to the Russian Federation and on the exit of Russian citizens to Kazakhstan through the land section of the Russian-Kazakh border, as well as foreign citizens and stateless persons to Russia and Russian citizens to Mongolia through the land […]

Quota-free standard work permit: new list of professions

Starting March 29, 2022 new order of the Ministry of Labour and Social Development of the Russian Federation comes into force introducing the renewed list of professions which employers can use to hire foreign nationals from visa countries without having to apply for quota for foreign labour first. We would also like to remind that […]

Entry to Russia: news

Starting March 17, 2022 citizens of the Republic of Belarus can enter the Russian Federation, crossing the Russian-Belarus state border without any previously set restrictions, – also by car (previously entry was possible only by train and by plane), and also without the need to undergo sanitary-quarantine control. Starting March 17, 2022 air communications have […]

Entry to Russia: African countries and Hong Kong

Starting March 10, 2022 restrictions on entry into the Russian Federation of Russian citizens and foreign citizens from the following countries have been lifted: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China Botswana Zimbabwe Lesotho Madagascar Mozambique Namibia Tanzania Eswatini South Africa Kenya For the entry of foreign citizens from these countries […]

Medical checks, fingerprinting, photographing – official comments from the Central Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia

1. Central Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia confirmed that foreign citizens who have one of the following documents: Temporary residence permit Indefinite permanent residence permit Permanent residence permit, issued based on the HQS work permit do not need to undergo mandatory procedures of fingerprinting, photographing and medical checks. (Exception: procedures […]

Mandatory medical examination: news

Starting March 1, 2022, the following changes will be introduced concerning the procedure for mandatory medical examination which has to be undergone by all foreign citizens: 1. The validity period of certificates issued based on the results of medical examination is normatively fixed. Now the validity period of these medical documents is 12 months. 2. […]

Fingerprinting and Photographing:

The second migration center is equipped, where foreign citizens can submit copies of the results of a medical examination, as well as undergo fingerprinting and photographing procedures in Moscow. Address: GBU “Migration Center” – Moscow, Bakhrushina str. 18, build.1. Who can apply: foreign citizens who have entered for the purpose of employment, as well as […]

Fingerprinting and Photographing: details

Official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs immigration department for Moscow published information regarding the fingerprinting and photographing procedures for foreign citizens of different categories: Foreign citizens, who entered Russia for performing work activities: HQSapplying for patent applying for work permits for foreign nationals from visa countries  and other categories* can undergo fingerprinting and […]

Medical examination: details

Medical examination of foreign citizens who have entered Russia for the purpose of carrying out work activities in Moscow is passed  at the branches of the State Budgetary Healthcare Institution of the city of Moscow “Moscow Scientific and Practical Center of Dermatovenerology and Cosmetology of the Department of Health of the City of Moscow”. Branch […]

Medical examination, fingerprinting, photographing – new technical details

Fingerprinting and photographing procedures, as well as submission of the results of a medical examination, are carried out in: 1. Migration offices of the territorial departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation 2. Authorized organization of the Federal city of Moscow – Migration Center “Sakharovo” 3. Enterprise – Federal State Unitary […]

Coronavirus: the validity period of the PCR test has been reduced, the resumption of air communication with new countries, the strengthening of epidemiological control

PCR test: The validity period of the PCR test has been reduced to 48 hours for all migration and other purposes. Now to enter the Russian Federation, foreign citizens need to have a negative result of a PCR test made no more than 2 calendar days before crossing the border with the Russian Federation. Resolution […]

New in migration legislation: foreign citizens must pass medical exams, fingerprinting and photographing starting December 29, 2021

December 29, 2021 the Federal Law on the need for medical examination, fingerprint registration and photographing in the Russian Federation for all foreign citizens entering on any visa and for any purpose comes into force. With regards to these procedures, the law divides foreign citizens into 2 main categories: • those who entered the Russian […]

New in migration legislation: foreign citizens must pass medical exams starting October 31, 2021

New information: the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Moscow has begun to accept medical certificates from foreign citizens personally. Medical documents are accepted at the address: Moscow Multifunctional Migration Center – Moscow, Voronovskoye settlement, Varshavskoe highway, 64th kilometer, household 1 / 47, in building 47 entrance 1. For the […]

New in migration legislation: foreign citizens must pass medical exams

Starting 31.10.2021 all foreign citizens, entering Russia with visa with the entry purpose to perform work activities and who obtain work permit for the first time – must pass mandatory medical exams (according to sec. 12 art. 13 of the Federal law from July 25, 2002, N 115-FL “On the legal status of foreign citizens […]

Coronavirus: air communications resumed with new countries

Starting 26.10.2021 air communications were resumed with the following countries: – The Bahamas – Iran – The Netherlands – Norway – Oman – Slovenia – Thailand – Tunisia – Sweden Government Order from 23.10.2021 № 3003-р At the moment air communications are open between Russia and following Countries:  UKTanzania (air communications suspended until November 1, […]

Coronavirus: air communications resumed with new countries

Starting 05.10.2021 air communications were resumed with the following countries: – Andorra – Denmark – Djibouti – Colombia – Kuwait – New Zealand – Peru – South Africa Government Order from 02.10.2021 № 2770-р At the moment air communications are open between Russia and following Countries:  UKTanzania (air communications suspended until November 1, 2021)Turkey Switzerland […]

Coronavirus: air communications resumed with new countries

Starting 23.09.2021 air communications were resumed with the following countries: – Iraq; – Spain; – Kenya; – Slovakia; Government Order from 21.09.2021 № 2627-р At the moment air communications are open between Russia and following Countries:  UKTanzania (air communications suspended until November 1, 2021)Turkey Switzerland Egypt Maldives United Arab Emirates The Republic of South Ossetia […]

Coronavirus: no quarantine for those entering from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Starting 04.09.2021, those entering from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland  do not need to observe the self-isolation regime for 14 calendar days from the date of entry into the Russian Federation. Previously, such requirement was established by the Resolution of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of 21.12.2020 No. 43. “On insuring […]

Coronavirus: new categories of foreign citizens are allowed to enter

Starting 19.08.2021, foreign citizens who are spouses and children of foreign citizens who are family members of Russian citizens –  will be able to enter the Russian Federation. For example, a citizen of the Russian Federation has a spouse-a foreign citizen. The spouse has a child from the first marriage (a foreign citizen, not adopted […]

Coronavirus: air communications resumed with new countries

Starting 09.08.2021 air communications were resumed with the following countries: – Bahrain; – The Dominican Republic; – Moldova; Government Order from 04.08.2021 № 2156-р At the moment air communications are open between Russia and following Countries:  UKTanzania Turkey Switzerland Egypt Maldives United Arab Emirates The Republic of South Ossetia Belarus Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan The Republic Of Korea […]

Coronavirus: air communications resumed with new countries

Starting 28.07.2021 air communications were resumed with the following countries: – Albania; – France; – Czech Republic; Government Order from 28.07.2021 № 2084-р Starting 09.08.2021 it is planned to resume air communications with the following countries: – Bahrain; – Dominican Republic; – Moldova; http://government.ru/news/42871/ Important: Foreign citizens will be able to enter Russia from the […]

Coronavirus: new entry rules

Starting 25.07.2021 – foreign citizens and stateless persons, as well as citizens of the Republic of Belarus entering the Russian Federation from the territories of the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union will have to submit negative PCR tests only using the application “Traveling without COVID – 19”. Member States of the Eurasian Economic […]

New purposes of entry: The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs comments

February 8, 2021 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Order from 21.12.2020, N 23235 “List of purposes of visit, used for issuance of visas to foreign citizens” came into force, which contains substantial changes to practically all visa types.   Our company has sent letters with request to clarify issues connected with application of the new […]

Coronavirus: air communications resumed

At the moment air communications are open between Russia and following Countries:   UK (air communications suspended until 23:59 16.02.2021: http://government.ru/news/41442/)TanzaniaTurkey Switzerland Egypt Maldives United Arab Emirates The Republic of South Ossetia Belarus Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan The Republic Of Korea Abkhazia Cuba Serbia Japan SeychellesEthiopiaFinland  Vietnam  India  Qatar  Greece Singapore   Azerbaijan  (Moscow –Baku, two flights a week) […]

List of purposes of entry (visa types) renewed

Starting February 8, 2021 the new Order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia came into force which sets a new list of purposes of entry and visa types. Main changes: Substantially less types of purposes of entry: a lot of categories have been put together\unified for simplicity; In comparison to the old Order […]

Coronavirus: entry to Russia

Citizens of countries, with which Russia has not yet resumed regular air communication and who still require an entry permission from the Federal Security Service of Russia, now can check whether they are granted with such a permission online on the official government internet portal – Gosuslugi: https://www.gosuslugi.ru/410127/2?_cldee=YWxleGV5LmJvcmV2QGdlLmNvbQ%3D%3D&recipientid=contact-59604083cf9bdf11944718a905770860-200660506a9b49e2b7b8a7613f425abf&esid=ce4c9a44-ce67-eb11-a812-000d3aa8a39f Simple basic registration is enough to use […]

Extension of stay for foreign citizens due to inability to exit because of epidemiological situation in their country of residence

The Internal Affairs Ministry administrative order for issuance, extension and recovery of visas for foreign citizens and stateless persons (The Internal Affairs Ministry Order from 04.12.2019, № 907) has been amended. Section 110.4 has been added to the Order, according to which in case foreign citizen cannot exit the Russian Federation due to restrictions or […]

Rospotrebnadzor: HQS employees, exiting Russia for New Year holidays will be able to return back to Russia having negative Covid-19 tests

According to the information on the official website of the Russian Federal Consumer Rights Protection and Human Health Control Service, foreign citizens, who earlier entered Russia and who perform work activities as highly qualified professionals, as well as their family members will have to provide negative Covid-19 test results in order to re-enter Russia after […]

President Order: Order № 274 from 18.04.2020 has been extended until June 15, 2021

Measures, regulating the status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russia in connection to the danger of further spread of new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) introduced by the Presidential Order on the 18th of April 2020 and allowing foreigners to stay in Russia until December 15, 2020 (provided expiration date of their immigration documents fell […]

Can I Get a Residence Permit in Russia if I Have a Russian Child?

The short answer is yes, you can. You need to apply for a residence permit, but in November 2019, the Russian government eased policies making it much easier for non-citizen parents of a Russian child to apply for indefinite residence permits. One of the main changes, which the new laws implement, is that foreign nationals […]

Can I Get a Residence Permit as a Student in Russia?

Yes, it is possible to obtain a residence permit as a student in Russia after graduation from a Russian university. As of November 2019, foreign students from visa-free countries (most of the former Soviet Republics) can obtain a temporary residence permit after graduation. Foreign students from any country, including ones that require a Russian visa, […]

Can I Become a Resident by Working in Russia?

Yes, it is possible to get a residence permit by working in Russia, but you can only obtain a residence permit by working in certain professions and by satisfying some other requirements.  For the past several years, Russia has progressively simplified immigration law and the procedures required to obtain residence permits in Russia. Russia’s demographic […]

The Internal Affairs Ministry has issued comments on current legal status of foreign citizens in Russia

The Internal Affairs Ministry has issued comments on the current legal status of foreign nationals and stateless persons in Russia. The document clarifies issues, connected with extension of expiring immigration documents, application for the new ones, work of foreign citizens without work permits and work visas and etc. The Internal Affairs Ministry of Russian Federation: […]

Posso ottenere un permesso di soggiorno mentre lavoro in Russia?

È possibile ottenere un permesso di soggiorno mentre si lavora in Russia, ma è possibile ottenerlo solo durante l’esercizio di determinate professioni. Inoltre, ci sono altri requisiti che devono essere soddisfatti. Negli ultimi anni, la Russia ha gradualmente semplificato i requisiti e le procedure per ottenere un permesso di soggiorno. La crisi demografica, la crescita […]

Coronavirus: Russia closes borders until May, quarantine, migration documents are not processed

Russia will close borders till May 2020: Starting March 18 2020 till May 1 2020  Russian Government closes Russia borders for all foreign nationals and stateless persons, including those coming from the territory of Belarus as well as citizens of Belarus.   Exceptions: Accredited or appointed employees of embassies and consulates as well as their […]

China – restrictions, connected with epidemiological situation

January 31, 2020 Russian Government has issued an Order № 66 «On amendment of the list of illnesses, which are dangerous to the public»[1] adding coronovirus infection 2019-nCoV to the list.  What is more the Government has agreed on the national plan for coronovirus infection anti-prolifiration campaign.   Starting the January 31st, 2020 due to […]

E-Labour books – bill approved in third reading

December 3, 2019 State Duma has approved in third reading a bill which introduces e-labour books starting the 1st of January 2020. Bill amends the Russian Labour Code. What is going to change: by 2021 paper-based labour book will be completely replaced by transfer of data to the Russian Pension Fund. Paper-based labour books will […]

Russian citizenship (simplified procedure) – bill under review

December 2, 2019  Russian Government has introduced to the State Duma a bill, which simplifies application for Russian citizenship for  foreign nationals who permanently live in Russia (have permanent residence permits), provided they have  capable children (over 18 and able to work), who are Russian citizens and live in Russia. This category of foreign citizens […]

Quota for issuance of the temporary residence permits (TRPs) in 2020 has been approved

Russian Government has approved quota for issuance of temporary residence permits to foreign nationals in 2020 in the amount of 60 270 permits.   Thus, quota for Moscow is 2000 permits, for Moscow Region it is twice more – 4000, Saint Petersburg will receive 1500 permits, but Leningradskaya region only 300 permits. It is important to […]

Russian Citizenship – Regulations on review of citizenship applications has been approved

November 23, 2019 regulations on review of citizenship issues by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and its regional offices comes into force. The renewal of these regulations seems to be an expected and logical step due to the fact that up until now authorities used the old regulations which were not reviewed since the citizenship […]

Tajikistan – Agreement on organized recruitment of Tajikistan citizens for work in Russia is filed for ratification to the State Duma

April 17, 2019 Russian Government has signed Agreement with the Government of Tajikistan on organized recruitment of citizens of Tajikistan for temporary work in Russia. At this moment the Agreement is filed for ratification to the Russian State Duma. Once the ratification procedure is completed, the Agreement will come into force and will be applied. […]

House workers from visa countries – Order of the Ministry of Labour

November 22, 2019 comes into force the Order of the Ministry of Labour allowing individuals to apply for quota for engaging foreign labour. Now, having received the quota for foreign labour individuals will be able to employ foreign workers from visa countries as house workers: babysitters, tutors, house assistants, drivers, gardeners, cooks and etc.    […]

Government program of relocation of compatriots living abroad – new regional programs

November 12, 2019 Russian President has signed an Order amending the government program of relocation of compatriots living abroad.  Starting January 1, 2020 the following regions: Moscow, Moscow Region, Saint-Petersburg and Sevastopol will have the right to develop their own local relocation programs provided there is need for immigrants and conditions for settling them in. […]

Far Eastern Federal District (FEFD) and free port Vladivostok – bill under review

Russian Government has prepared a bill «On amendment of articles 25 and 25.6 of the Federal Law «On entering and exiting Russian Federation» and articles 5 and 16 of the Federal Law «On legal status of foreign citizens in Russian Federation». For foreign citizens, entering Russian Federation with the purpose to conduct negotiations regarding signing […]

Address Registration – bill under review

October 21, 2019 Russian Government has submitted a bill to the State Duma on amendment of Federal Law «On address registration of Foreign citizens and stateless persons in Russian Federation». According to the bill it is suggested: Give right to all foreign citizens, who own property in Russia, to register under address of such property […]

Russian Citizenship – bill under review

October 21, 2019  Russian Government submitted to the State Duma project of the  Federal Law on amendment of the article 33.1 of the Federal Law «On citizenship of Russian Federation» for review. Bill provides for the following changes: Ukranian and Belorussian citizens who speak Russian fluently will not have to pass interview before the special […]

Address registration – new regulations

October, 28 2019 new address registration regulations come into force. New regulations are introduced by the Internal Affairs Ministry Order from the 30.07.2019 and registered with the Ministry of Justice 15.10.2019. New administrative regulations outline rules for address registration procedure for foreign citizens and stateless persons, as well as new notification forms: Notification form of […]

Antigua and Barbuda – agreement on visa-free travel came into force

October 22, 2019 agreement between government of Russian Federation and government of Antigua and Barbuda on visa-free travel came into force. In accordance with the Agreement citizens of both countries will be able to enter the territory of the other Country and stay there up to 90 calendar days without visa. The allowed period of […]

Project: house workers from visa countries

At this moment the draft Order of the Ministry of Labour and Social Development «Amendment of Rules for regional authorities to determine the need for foreign labour, approved by the Order of the Ministry of Labour and Social protection of the Russian Federation from the 23.01.2014, №27н» is under a public discussion. According to the […]

Government plans: no need to renounce foreign citizenship to acquire Russian citizenship

According to the Ministry for Economic Development initiative, approved by the Russian Government, it is planned to give the right to foreign citizens to acquire Russian citizenship without having to renounce citizenship they have. Currently, there are following exceptions from this requirement: Agreement between Russia and a foreign Country;According to the legislation of the foreign […]

Russian citizenship via simplified procedure – bill under review

Russian Government has approved a bill, which shortens the processing time for the citizenship applications filed via simplified procedure. Thus, bill provides for the amendment of the following procedures: Decisions on granting citizenship and on exit from Russian citizenship in relation to applicants residing in Russia, as well as participants of the State program for […]

Saudi Arabia – Memorandum on simplification of visa requirements

October 12, 2019 Russian Government has approved the signing of the Memorandum with the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on simplification of visa requirements for citizens of both Countries.   Memorandum provides for the introduction of the following types of visas for the citizens of both Countries: multiple tourist visas for up to […]

Additional immunization campaign against measles – news

On the 6th of March 2019 Chief State Sanitary Doctor signed Order № 2 «On additional immunization campaign against measles», according to which employers, engaging foreign labour, until the 31st of December  2019  are obliged to make sure that all foreign citizens they employ are immunized against measles or had this infection in the past […]

E-visas: St.-Petersburg and Leningradskaya region

Starting the 1st of October 2019  foreign citizens will be able to apply for e-visas to enter Russia through immigration posts situated in St.-Petersburg and Leningradskaya region. Application for e-visas to enter through immigration posts in St-Petersburg and Leningradskaya region will be possible for foreign citizens from 53 countries (list of such countries is approved […]

Bill under review – Russian language proficiency certificate: new requirements

On the 18th of September 2019 Russian Governmenthas issued an Order that a bill has to be submitted to the Russian State Duma. The bill will amend the Federal Law «On the legal status of foreign citizens in Russian Federation» and Federal Law «On organization of state and municipal services» in part, related to foreign […]

Presidential Order: Simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship

September 19, 2019 Russian President has signed an Order “On amendment of Regulations for review of applications for obtaining citizenship of Russian Federation, approved by Presidential Order from the 14th of November 2002, N 1325″.    Order has been issued following the reforms of citizenship application procedure which allowed certain categories of foreign citizens to […]

Attention: starting the 1st of October invitation letters will be issued in e-form only

According to the information of the Internal Affairs Ministry Moscow immigration office, starting the 1st of October 2019 all invitation letters for foreign citizens and stateless persons will be issued in e-form only. Additionally, payment certificates will have to be filed right away along with the application package. Important to note, that corrections will be […]

E-visas: list of countries which citizens will be able to use e-visas to enter Russia through border posts in St-Petersburg and Leningradskaya region approved

List of countries which citizens will be able to use e-visas to enter Russia through border posts in St-Petersburg and Leningradskaya region has been approved. The following types of visas will be issued in e-form: One-entry ordinary business;Tourist;Humanitarian; There are 53 countries in the list: 1. Austria 2. Andorra 3. Bahrain 4. Belgium 5. Bulgaria […]

Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) and Permanent Residence Permit (PRP) procedures simplified

Early August 2019 Russian President has signed Federal Law “On amendment of the Federal Law “On the legal status of foreign citizens in Russia” which simplified procedures for obtaining TRP and PRP for certain categories of foreign citizens and stateless persons. Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) According to the changes which have been introduced by the […]

Reinforcement of immigration control: restrictions on invitation letters and visa filings

At the moment Moscow Immigration Department of Internal Affairs Ministry process all invitation letters applications withinthe following timelines (NOTE: the period is counted starting the day which follows the day of filing): 1 entry/2 entry invitation letter – 16-18 calendar days (the term may be increased up to 20 business days);Multiple entry invitation letter – […]

Starting 16 Jan 2019 Inviting parties are subject to new obligations

On January 16, 2019, Federal law of 19.07.2018 # 216-FL “On amendments to article 16 of the Federal law “On the legal status of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation” comes into force. The changes directly affect the state authorities, legal entities, citizens of the Russian Federation, foreign citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in […]