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Registration of Foreign Citizens on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Changes in the Rules Governing the Registration of Foreign Citizens and Persons without Citizenship by Place of Residence within the Russian Federation

01.04.2011

On the 25th of March, 2011 with the official promulgation it was thus entered into force the Federal Law on the 20th of March, 2011 № 42- FZ “On Amendments to Federal Law “About migration registration of foreign citizens and persons without citizenship” and other legislative acts of the Russian Federation”, according to which the following changes were made in the Federal Law of 18th of June, 2006 № 109 “About migration registration of foreign citizens and persons without citizenship in the Russian Federation and the procedure for registration of foreign citizens and persons without citizenship  by place of residence in the Russian Federation":

1) The allotted time period for registration by place of residence of a foreign citizen or person without citizenship has been increased from 3 to 7 working days;

2) The place of residence of foreign citizens could be either their actual place of residence (living accommodations), or their place of employment. So the official address of the employer can be used by foreign citizens in registration. Thus, the receiving party could be presented as the employer, for whom the foreign citizen carries out his labour activity;

3) Highly-Qualified Specialists owning their own homes (places of residence) on the territory of the Russian Federation have the opportunity to act as hosts for members of their family as it relates to procedures for registration of family members;

4) Liability for a breach of the legislation on registration by place of residence is carried by the foreign citizen, who is responsible to communicate any changes and information about his place of residence to federal bodies responsible for migration registration.

Also remember, that according to regulations of Federal Law from the 23rd December, 2010 N 385-FZ “On amendments to other legislative acts of the Russian Federation” came into effect as of the 15th of February, 2011 regarding the right to remove the registration of foreign citizens and persons without citizenship, of which a detailed clarification is provided on the official website of the Federal Migration Service (FMS) regarding these rules’ in use, upon the departure of a foreign citizen or person without citizenship from his former place of residence and entry into new place of stay within the Russian Federation the tear-off part of arrival notification (registration) blank stays for foreign citizen. Upon the arrival of the foreigner to new place of residence, the previous tear-off part of arrival notification (registration) blank is presented by the foreign citizen to the new inviting party (host or employer) for its use for foreigner’s registration by new address.

Upon departure from the Russian Federation, a foreign citizen is obligated to provide tear-off part of arrival notification (registration) blank to customs control on the Russian Federation border.

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