Actual migration news

1. During 2017, the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia modified the Administrative regulations establishing the procedure of migration documents arrangement. The documentation process has remained unchanged, some changes have been made to some application forms and blank forms of arranged documents (e.g. a patent, an invitation letter for visa arrangement, a residence permit).

Since January 01, 2018 there has entered into force one of the last Orders which approves a new Administrative regulation concerning migration registration arrangement process for foreign citizens.

The Regulation approved a new notification form about arrival of a foreign citizen (there was added an additional field with information about the former address of place of stay in Russia) and an application for registration of a foreign citizen at the place of stay (it is required in case of migration registration arrangement by a physical person to the address of the actual apartment).

The new Regulation didn’t specify rules of the document arrangement for foreign citizens who enter Russia on business visas, or for foreign citizens – accompanying family members of foreign employees. Therefore, some local divisions of the governmental body refuse to arrange migration registrations for these categories of foreign citizens.

2. Since December, 2017 the department of Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia in Moscow has stopped arrangement of originals of invitations letters for multiple business entry to the Russian Federation. Today, this type of invitations is issued in electronic format only. When submitting documents for electronic invitation letter arrangement, there should be kept in mind that the document could not be corrected (even in cases when the error committed by the fault of the governmental body).

3. Since November 30, 2017 there entered into force the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation which introduced an additional category of visa - the Ordinary visa to enter the Russian Federation for the purpose of temporary residence permit receiving.

With the introduction of this visa category, foreign citizens who received a decision of territorial body of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Russian Federation on granting the permit for temporary stay, could receive in the Russian Consulate a special visa for entry to Russia. This visa is valid no longer than 4 months and allows to enter Russia. To visa could be rearranged for a multiple one only in the territorial department of the Ministry of internal Affairs in Russia.

It should be mentioned, that the temporary residence visa could not be annulled or re-issued by the Russian Consulate abroad.

4. In January 2018 there was increased the size of the monthly advance payment of income tax for the patent, allowing citizens of the CIS to carry out labour activity in Russia. In Moscow the amount of the payment was increased to 4500 rubles and in the Moscow region – up to 4300 rubles.

5. There was approved a quota for temporary residence permits arrangement in 2018. In Moscow the size of the quota is 2,000 documents, in the Moscow region – 5000 documents. It should be noted that in comparison with 2017 the size of the quota in Moscow stay the same and for the Moscow region it has been reduced (8,000 documents in 2017).

6. In November 24, 2017 there was ratified the agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the organized recruitment and attraction of citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the implementation of the temporary labor activity on the territory of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with the Agreement in the Russian Federation shall be established a special information-analytical system ("Work in Russia"), which will display the information about Russian employers interested in attracting of foreign workers from Uzbekistan. In turn, the "sending organization" in Uzbekistan will assist in recruitment.

The agreement does not provide for any simplification of the migration process, i.e. for employment in Russia a citizen of Uzbekistan will need to apply for authorization document (patent) and complete all other necessary procedures (confirmation of knowledge of Russian language, medical examination, arrangement of voluntary health insurance policy, etc.). In turn, the employer will have to provide the foreign employee with the place of living. In case of employer’s refusal of hiring a candidate (by his own decision or on grounds which are not indicated in the contract), he must send a migrant worker in the Republic of Uzbekistan at its own expense and to pay compensation.

7. In the Administrative Offenses Code of the Russian Federation there was amended the changes strengthening the liability of the parties for the provision of a place for living or a vehicle to the foreign citizen who broke the rules of travel in transit through its territory.

In particular, the Federal law from 31.12.2017 N 499-FZ increased the size of financial responsibility for the administrative and legal entities.