Russia: Immigration Bulletin – Free Movement Established Between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan
Agreement lifts restrictions on movement between the three countries
A Russian federal law came into force on July 26, 2011 ratifying a reciprocal agreement between Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. While provisos affecting Kazakh nationals are to become effective from January 1, 2012, nationals of Belarus have been eligible for immigration benefits since 1999. Therefore, the new law mainly impacts the process of employment for nationals of Kazakhstan while at the same time reaffirms procedures for nationals of Belarus.
The agreement from the Russian perspective states that Belorussian and Kazakh nationals are permitted to enter Russia without a visa, however for a stay longer than 30 days registration must be arranged. In case of entry for work purpose, Kazakh and Belorussian foreigners holding signed employment contracts with local employers are not required to obtain a work permit and they are exempt from the quota requirement as well.
The agreement also declares that in case of contract termination after a stay of 90 days, nationals of the two countries have the right to sign a new contract within 15 days and continue their stay without interruption in Russia.
Moreover legislation defines rules for family members of Kazakh and Belorussian foreigners. One of the articles defines that accompanying children may access state education on equal terms with local residents.
In return for the above provisions, Belarus and Kazakhstan are to offer simplified employment procedures for Russian citizens as well.
Move One continues to monitor the changes.
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