In the Second Quarter 2011 edition of the Russian Legal
Update, we analyzed in detail the recent amendments to
Russia's immigration laws (the "Immigration
Amendments"). As a result of the Immigration Amendments,
highly skilled foreign professionals in Russia are gaining a
multitude of benefits, making working and living in Russia more
foreigner-friendly. These Immigration Amendments have positively
impacted Russian immigration rules for foreigners, notably
restoring the right of employers to register foreign nationals and
report their travels to, from and within Russia, and extending
registration deadlines for foreign nationals.
The Russian government is now taking further steps to implement
the Immigration Amendments. In particular, Resolution No. 654,
dated August 4, 2011 (the "Resolution") and based on the
Immigration Amendments, introduced some revisions to the Rules on
Immigration Registration of Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons
in the RF. An important revision is that highly skilled foreign
professionals and members of their families will not have to seek
registration for 90 days from their arrival in Russia. If they are
already registered, they will also be exempt from registering for
30 days from their arrival in a new place of residence. After the
newly allotted period expires, the specialists and their families
must be registered within seven days. The Resolution was published
on August 8, 2011, and came into force on August 15, 2011.
Russia is keen to attract foreign talent and investment and is
taking significant, real steps to communicate its goal. Recently, a
lot of media attention has been focused on bilateral cooperation
agreements, which promise to reduce the time and cost of obtaining
visas and extending the term of visas up to three years (in the
case of the United States) or up to five years in the case of the
EU. The current proposal is to have these agreements signed by the
RF and the United States and the RF and European countries before
the end of 2011.
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