RUSSIA – Stricter Penalties for Misusing Visas

Posted on April 1, 2016

Russian authorities have been increasingly scrutinizing foreign nationals specifically those holding business visas and technical support visas to confirm they remain compliant with immigration laws. Companies should ensure that foreign nationals only perform activities allowed under their business and technical… Read more »

RUSSIA – Passport Validity Requirement Eased for Highly Qualified Specialists

Posted on February 26, 2016

Effective February 19, 2016, foreign nationals applying for an initial or renewal Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) work permit to Russia must hold a passport valid for one year, rather than the three years validity currently required. Background Compliance with the… Read more »

RUSSIA – Recent Immigration Developments

Posted on February 12, 2016

The Bank of Russia has defined minimum requirements for medical insurance for foreign national employees which will take effect on May 1, 2016. In addition, effective January 1, 2016, work permit holders applying to amend their work permits more than… Read more »

RUSSIA – Employment Ban and Visa Restrictions for Turkish Nationals

Posted on December 4, 2015

Due to the current political situation, employers in Russia will not be able to obtain work permits for Turkish nationals from January 1, 2016. Also from January 1, Turkish nationals will no longer be able to enter Russia without a… Read more »

RUSSIA – Kyrgyz Nationals No Longer Require Work Patents

Posted on September 25, 2015

Effective August 12, 2015, the agreement on the accession of Kyrgyzstan to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) came into force. Membership of the EEU means that Kyrgyz nationals can now work in Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan without the need… Read more »

RUSSIA – Schengen Visa Information System Implemented

Posted on September 18, 2015

On 14 September 2015, the European Union Visa Information System (VIS), which requires all Schengen visa applicants to register their biometric data, was expanded to Russia. From 12 October 2015, the VIS will also start operating in China, Japan, Mongolia, North… Read more »

RUSSIA – Extensions of Stay No Longer Granted for Ukrainian Nationals

Posted on August 7, 2015

Ukrainian nationals in Russia are now only eligible to remain in the country for up to 90 days in a given 180-day period without having a work or residency permit. Prior to this policy change, Ukrainian nationals working in Russia… Read more »

RUSSIA – Electronic Letters of Invitation Implemented to Speed Up Work Visa Processing

Posted on June 26, 2015

The Russian Federal Migration Service announced that they will be introducing electronic letters of invitation (e-LOIs) into the work visa process ideally speeding up the process. A letter of invitation will be electronically relayed to the appropriate consulate by the… Read more »

RUSSIA – 2016 Quota Applications Now Accepted

Posted on May 11, 2015

Since April 9th, the Russian government has been accepting 2016 quota applications from companies seeking to employ non-Highly Qualified Specialists and non-CIS nationals. The deadlines are as follows: July 1st, 2015 for 2016 quota applications, and September 1st, 2015 for… Read more »

RUSSIA – New Fingerprinting Requirement for Certain Visa Applicants

Posted on December 5, 2014

As a result of an order signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, visa applicants in five countries must undergo fingerprinting beginning December 10th,, 2014. Individuals applying for any type of Russian visa in Denmark, Ireland, Myanmar, Namibia, the U.K., or… Read more »