Actual migration news

1. The RF Presidential Decree dated from 09.05.2017 №202 introduced a special procedure for registration and migration registration for the period of the World Cup FIFA-2018. These restrictions apply to the cities of Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, St Petersburg, Saransk, and Sochi starting from May 25th to July 25th, 2018 (inclusively). The Decree applies to all foreign citizens (including highly qualified specialists, citizens of the EAEU, CIS, etc.).

We should also note that an additional Presidential Decree No. 214 has been signed12.05.2018. This Decree makes the process of migration registration much more easier due to increasing the terms of arrangement from one day to three calendar days.

At the same time, the process of migration registration for hotels (boarding houses, etc.) remains unchanged. The document must be arranged within a day from the date of arrival of a foreign citizen.


2. In April 20, 2018, the Order of the Ministry of internal Affairs (dated from 10.01.2018 No. 11) entered into force. The Order established new forms of notifications, including forms of notification on payment to highly qualified specialists, forms on conclusion and termination of employment contracts with foreign citizens.

In fact, the content of the notifications remained almost unchanged, but there took place some changes in the paperwork.

It is worth to note some significant changes in regulaion:

- there has been prescribed the possibility of using official abbreviations in the form of notification on payment to highly qualified specialists;

- in the form of the notification on payment to highly qualified specialists they clarified that under the salary (remuneration) is understood the definition used in the Labor Code, article 129. Therefore, it has been eliminated some uncertainty about whether it is possible to include in the amount of salary additional compensation and incentive payments (according to the Labor Code the salary includes these sums);

- there has been indicated that the terms of submitting for notifications on conclusion and termination of employment contracts (three working days) shall be calculated from the next day from the date of conclusion (termination) of the relevant contract.

In addition, it should be noted that the governmental body considers it unacceptable to add additional lines, fields, cells to the notification forms.


3. For the present moment the draft law No. 350179-7 "On amendments to the Federal law "On migration registration of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Russian Federation" is under consideration (second reading).

If this draft law is adopted, the process of migration registration for foreign citizens will be significantly changed. In this case there will be possible to arrange the document (including foreign employees and highly qualified specialists) only to the very address of living in Russia. Thus, the text of the current draft law deprives legal entities of the right to register foreigners to their actual address, that is, in the case of foreign workers, at their work address.

At the same time, the draft law gives highly qualified specialists (owners of apartments) the possibility to arrange migration registration to their family members.