Changes in Russian migration legislation

As of 29 December 2021, important changes in Russian migration legislation will enter into force.

  1. Fingerprint registration and photographing:

For whom and when:

  1. Foreign citizens, who arrived without employment purposes for a period of more than 90 days – within 90 days from the date of entry into the Russian Federation.
  2. Foreign citizens, who arrived for employment purposes (including the HQS category) – within 30 days from the date of entry into the Russian Federation or upon receipt of a work permit, patent.

Nr. of occurrences: single time

2. Medical test:

Test: absence of the use of narcotics or psychoactive drugs, infectious diseases, certificate on the absence of HIV infection

For whom and when:

  1. Foreign citizens, who arrived without employment purposes for a period of more than 90 days – within 90 days from the date of entry into the Russian Federation.
  2. Foreign citizens, who arrived for employment purposes (including the HQS category) – within 30 days from the date of entry into the Russian Federation.

Nr. of occurrences:

  • For passing the procedure of fingerprint registration and photographing.
  • Again within 30 calendar days from the date of expiration of medical documents*. The results are to be provided to the territorial body of the Ministry of Internal Affairs or through the Gosuslugi portal.

Exception: Citizens of the Republic of Belarus and citizens under the age of six are exempt from the above procedures.

In case the above procedures are not successfully fulfilled, the period of temporary stay will be reduced. In case of negative results of a medical test, a stay (residence) in the Russian Federation will be judged unwanted or entry into the Russian Federation will not permitted.

*In practice, the medical certificate’s validity is 90 days.

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