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Immigration Alert | RUSSIA | 3rd Quarter 2015

By Move One
October 9, 2015

Schengen Visa Information System (VIS) Implemented in Russia .

On 14th September 2015 the European Union Visa Information System (VIS) started to be in effect for applicants to Schengen visas in Russia.

The introduction of the VIS had been urged to increase the security of visas issued, as well as to incorporate measures aimed at the prevention of illegal immigration, terrorism and other unlawful activities.

Applicants for a Schengen visa will be required to provide prints of their 10 fingers as well as a digital photograph. Applications can only be submitted only in person.  Fingerprints are not required for children under 12 years of age nor for persons who are physically unable to provide them. VIS stores biometric data of applicants for 5 years.  Thus travelers will not be required to provide it every time they apply for a new Schengen visa during that period.

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Citizens of Kyrgyzstan to work in Russia without work permits

From 12th of August 2015 citizens of Kyrgyzstan can work in Russia without the need for a work permit.

The Agreement of Accession of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Treaty of the Eurasian Economic Union was signed on the 8th of May, in Moscow, by the presidents of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. (The original signatories of the treaty, in May 2014, are Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, with Armenia joining in January 2015.)

Kyrgyzstani citizens are now able to work in Russia without work permit/patent. The duration of the temporary stay (residence) is determined by the length of the employment or civil law contract concluded with their employer. In the event of termination of contract after 90 days from the date of entry to Russia, they are entitled to stay for further 15 days to sign a new contract.

When arriving in Russia with purpose of visit stated as “work”, Kyrgyzstani citizens and members of their families are exempt from the obligation registering their address for up to 30 days from the date of entry. Likewise they are not required to fill in the migration card at port of entry.  Furthermore, Kyrgyzstani citizens are now exempt from carrying out the legalization procedures for Russian recognition of diplomas issued in their country.

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Qualified foreigners to get Russian citizenship faster under new rules

As of 7th of August 2015 foreign specialists in 74 professions can obtain Russian citizenship through a simplified scheme (Order of the Russian Ministry of Labour of #446N dated 13/07/2015).

Applicants for citizenship under this order must have been residents in Russia and worked in the profession for at least 3 years before applying (as opposed to the standard 5-year requirement).  Among the 74 professions are doctors, engineers, mechanics, machinists, electricians, mathematicians, chief project engineers and directors of economic activities, etc.  The list features mostly industrial occupations.

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Notification of second citizenship can be submitted by authorized representative

From 24th August 2015 Russian nationals taking up a second citizenship can use an authorised representative to submit a notification to the Russian authorities (as per Order of the Federal Migration Service on July 20, 2015 N 348 “On Amendments to the Order of the Federal Migration Service of Russia on July 28, 2014 N 450“.  Notification can submitted through a local FMS office or any post office in Russia.

Under this scheme, the authorised representative must attach to the application a copy of his own passport as well as a certified copy of the power of attorney authorizing him for the submission.

As a reminder, such notifications should be submitted to the FMS within 60 days from the moment of obtaining a second citizenship.  Penalties for failing to comply are up to RUR 200,000 or 400 hours of compulsory work.

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