Changes in registration rules for foreign employees

On February 4th, 2011 representatives of the AEB met with Mr. Konstantin Romodanovsky, Director of the Federal Migration Service of Russia (FMS), and his Deputies Ms. Ekaterina Egorova and Mr. Nikolay Smorodin to discuss the new Federal law No. 385, which will change the rules of migration registration, which will be in effect from February 15th, 2011, and a new procedure of work permit and visa applications for foreign workers including highly qualified specialists (HQS).


According to the FMS, the most important provisions of the Federal Law No. 385 include the following:


1.                   Foreign citizens and stateless persons who are family members of a highly qualified specialist can obtain work visas with the same period of validity as the work visa of the highly qualified specialist.

2.                   The requirement to the annual salary of a highly qualified specialist invited to work in science and education is reduced to 1 million (mln) roubles (RUB) per year.

3.                   There is no requirement to the salary of highly qualified specialists engaged in the Skolkovo project.

4.                   Foreign employees must be registered at their place of residence, which means that he/she cannot be registered at the place, where his company employer is situated, but only at the place of actual residence.

Migration registration procedures can be carried out by the employer or the landlord. The employer is allowed to notify a relevant territorial office of the FMS of a foreign citizen's arrival to the place of actual residence on the basis of a residential property rental agreement concluded between the employer and the landlord or between the employee and the landlord. It is not obligatory to submit the rental contract to the FMS for this purpose.

5.                   Deadlines to complete migration registration procedures have been changed for highly qualified specialists.

Now, highly qualified specialists and their family members are free from the obligation to register at the place of residence in the course of 90 days after their arrival to theRussian Federation. If they travel within the territory of the Russian Federation for less than 30 days, they also do not have to register in the region they are visiting.

For more details, contact David Gilmartin   


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