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Registration of Foreign Citizens on the Territory of the Russian Federation

A new procedure for changing the term for foreign citizens temporarily staying in the Russian Federation


Order No. 933 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, dated   December 18, 2017, established that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation will make the decisions on the extension or refusal to extend the term for foreign citizens temporarily staying in the Russian Federation, or to reduce the term for foreign citizens or stateless persons temporarily staying in the Russian Federation.

Due to the fact that these functions were previously performed by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation (FMS), the Order empowering the FMS to perform these functions, No. 321, dated June 29, 2015, has been declared invalid as of February 3, 2018.

As per the  new order, the following conditions  have been added as  grounds for granting an extension or reduction in  the term for those temporarily staying in the Russian Federation:

• training or admission  of a foreign citizen into an educational organization for the purposes of full or part-time study corresponding with  his or her  main professional educational program with state accreditation;
• laborers carrying out employment activity who are citizens of the member states of the EEU.

In addition, the term of stay of an employee from a member state of the EEU and members of his or her family is extended for the duration of the employment or civil law contract concluded by the foreign citizen with the employer or customer of the work (services).

Also, in the event of changes in the conditions or the absence of the circumstance in connection with by which a foreign citizen is granted entry to the Russian Federation, the term of his/her stay in the Russian Federation may be reduced.

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