What is the change? The State Migration Service has shortened the accepted period of validity of notarized documents.

What does the change mean? Applicants must submit notarized supporting documents within three months of the dates when they are notarized. Previously, they were allowed up to six months.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits and temporary resident permits.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals submitting documents that require notarization. These include marriage and birth certificates, corporate documents, educational diplomas and training certificates, real estate ownership registration, and landlord ID cards and statements of consent to reside.
  • Business impact: Employers should take into account the shorter period of validity when preparing supporting documents that require notarization.

Background: The State Migration Service has changed its policy as an internal rule. It has not been announced or published and is subject to change.

BAL Analysis: Companies sponsoring foreign nationals and submitting notarized documents should be aware of the greater time sensitivity of document validity.

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