The government has announced measures to ease immigration requirements for foreign nationals currently in Russia.

Key Points:

  • As of March 20, holders of all visa types (business, tourist, private) may extend their visa for 90 days in-country.
  • Work permits, work patents and temporary and permanent residence permits are also eligible for extension.
  • Migration address registration may also be extended.

Background: Last week, Russia closed its borders to most foreign nationals in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The borders will be closed until May 1.

Analysis & Comments: The new measures are good news for employers and their foreign national employees, as it they will ease immigration status requirements. Applicants and their sponsors must visit their local migration office to request extensions. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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