Expected Changes in Russian Immigration

At the end of July Intermark Relocation participated in The Association of European Businesses meeting, where heads of various divisions and departments of the Federal Migration Service were discussing proposed important changes to various legislative actswhich can be included in different ways to the new immigration law. The key focus in law-making activities will be put to the economic effect from migration to Russia.

Certain novelties to various legislative acts will be discussed during the autumn session at the Duma and we will inform you what exactly will be finally fixed in the new immigration law.

  • At the end of 2013 – beginning of 2014 the immigration authorities are going to obligate all foreign workers in Russia to obtain a tax ID at the time of applying for a work permit. There should not be any additional documents requested by the authorities in view of this. The document outlining the new requirement is going to pass the 2nd reading at the State Duma.
  • Governmental Commission is considering making changes to procedures for applying for a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) and Permanent Residence Permit (PRP). These changes will relate to all expatriates. Any migrant who is planning to stay in Russia for more than 90 days shall be entitled to receive a TRP (for such purposes as work, investment, dealing with humanitarian matters, etc.). In relation to foreign workers in Russia, the authorities plan to switch from issuance of the work permits to TRP based on either an expatriate’s employment agreement or draft of employment agreement. TRP will become an analogy and will replace multi-entry work visas and work permits. TRPs will be valid for at least one year. For the category of “qualified specialist” TRP will be issued for 2 years, while for “highly qualified specialist” this term will be 3 years.
  • Long awaited changes may be introduced soon to a “quota” requirement. At this stage the question on a particular «portion of foreign workers” in various sectors of the economy is being discussed. However, current requirements for employers to place info on their current vacancies during one month remains valid, in order to give a priority for employment to Russian citizens. In cases where the vacancy is not closed by local staff, a foreign national can be hired based on this “portion”.
  • Regulations will oblige all foreign workers (with exception to Highly Qualified Specialists) to pass the Russian language exam. Currently this requirement concerns only those working in retail, housing and communal and social services.
  • Some changes are expected to the PRP system and a point system will be introduced in respect to those who plan to apply for Russian citizenship.
  • A bilateral agreement in immigration area may be concluded with Kyrgyzstan in the nearest time and with Tadzhikistan for the later period
  • In alignment with Conception of the Russian migration policy development, a unified “Migration Code” can be adopted (which can be done in analogy to already existing Russian Tax Code, or Labor Code). This document will contain all key immigration requirements, policies, rules and procedures, which are currently described in numerous regulations.

In mid July 2013 all major drafts of new regulations that have passed the 1st reading at the State Duma should be available at the Federal Migration Service website.

If you have any questions about the changes or any other topic, please, do not hesitate to ask, we will be happy to help you! immigrations@intermarkrelocation.ru

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