New responsibilities for the inviting party in relation to foreign citizens
The President of the Russian Federation signed two bills providing that the inviting party will be responsible for the adherence by the invited foreign citizen of the declared goal of entry into the Russian Federation and for ensuring the timely departure of the invited foreign citizen outside the Russian Federation.
Amendments to the Federal Law "On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation" have been introduced by Federal Law #216-FZ, dated 19.07.2018, namely Article 16, paragraph 6. The amendment stipulates that the inviting party shall undertake measures to ensure that the invited foreign citizen complies with the rules governing his/her stay (residing) in the Russian Federation, and with the declared goal of entry into the Russian Federation, and is actually performed during the migrant’s stay (residence) in Russia of activities or occupation, as well as to ensure the timely departure of an invited foreign citizen outside of the Russian Federation after the expiry of his/her period of stay in the Russian Federation.
Amendments to the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses (CoAP of the Russian Federation) has been introduced to the Federal Law, dated July 19, 1981 #215-FZ., Chapter 2 of Article 18.9. The Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation will provide that the failure of the inviting party to comply with the established measures to ensure that the invited foreign citizen or stateless person staying (residing) complies with the declared goal of entry into the Russian Federation, and is actually carried out during the migrant’s period of stay (residence) activity or occupation; the failure by the inviting party to follow the established measures to ensure the timely departure of an invited foreign citizen or stateless person outside of the Russian Federation after a certain period of their stay in the Russian Federation - shall entail the imposition of an administrative fine in the following amounts:
• for citizens - from 2 000 to 4 000 rubles;
• for officials - from 45 000 to 50 000 rubles;
• for legal entities - from 400 000 thousand to 500 000 rubles."
The new legislation will come into force on January 16, 2019.
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