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What is the update? A series of regulations that specify procedures for inviting parties to enforce that foreign nationals comply with the terms of their visa have been submitted to the government for review. Migration authorities have verbally confirmed that companies may refer to the draft guidelines to prepare draft documents until the official recommendations are announced.
Background: In January, Article 16 of the federal law “on the status of foreign citizens in Russia” imposed new regulations on employers and individuals who invite foreign nationals to Russia to make sure that the foreign nationals comply with the terms of their visa and their purpose for being in the country. While the law took effect Jan. 16, guidelines setting out the specific regulations had not yet been issued. The proposed regulations would specify the measures to be followed by inviting parties sponsoring visas to foreign nationals.
Analysis & Comments: Companies should be aware of the new obligations and review their procedures. In particular, the inviting company should obtain written acknowledgment from foreign nationals when they arrive in Russia that they are required to comply with the stated purpose of entry and leave before their visa expires. They should also notify visa holders at least 10 days prior to their visa expiry.
Source: Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675 and its registered office at 1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ, United Kingdom.
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