How a Foreign Citizen in the Russian Federation Can Replace Lost Documents
In case of a foreign citizen while on the territory of the Russian Federation loses his or her personal documents (passport, work permit, migration card, etc.), he or she must immediately make a declaration of the fact regarding the lost documents to the police department or by the place of his/her stay, or by the place of temporary residence in Russia.
The foreigner will then be issued the appropriate certificate confirming his or her claim that the documents were lost. After that it is necessary for the foreigner to replace personal identification document in the consulate of his/her citizenship.
A foreign citizen who enter the Russia Federation in visa-free regime replaces only his or her migration card in the territorial Department of the Federal Migration Service (for example, in the – Department of the FMS for Moscow). A duplicate arrival notification of the foreigner is obtained via the same district office of the FMS in which the previous notification of arrival was filed.
In case of a foreign citizen is visiting Russia on the basis of visa, the application for replacing the visa, the migration card and notification of arrival is made to the Visa division of the Department of the Federal Migration Service. A duplicate Russian visa of the exact same type as the previous visa can then be issued.
If the loss occurred just prior to departure from Russia and relatively close to the expiration date of the visa, a foreigner is not required to obtain a duplicate visa in order to exit from the country, but he or she instead can be issued an exit (transit) visa which is valid for a period of 10 days.
Citizens of the European Union (with some exceptions), in accordance with article 8 of the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the EU, in case of lost identification documents on the territory of the Russian Federation, are permitted to exit from Russia without a visa or other authorization. Under this given scenario, a foreign citizen who has been issued an identification document by his or her сonsulate in the Russian Federation has the right to depart from the territory of the Russian Federation without a visa.
To replace a work permit to a foreigner staying in Russia with a valid visa, the employer must make the appropriate application at the same territorial Department of the FMS from which the original work permit was issued. If the original work permit was issued within one month, the replaced duplicate of the work permit can be issued by the speeded-up procedure - in 14 working days.
Foreign citizens arriving in the Russian Federation in a visa-free regime, as well as who have temporary residency status in Russia, apply for replacing of the work permit to the territorial Department of the FMS personally.
If a foreign citizen is a Highly-Qualified Specialist and losses his or her work permit, irregardless of the region of the work permit’s validity, his or her employer must make the appropriate declaration for obtaining work permit’s duplicate to the Federal Migration Service of Russia located in Moscow.
*This article was published in PASSPORT, #2