Visa Formalities Simplified

April 19, 2011

Russian Presidential Executive Office

On March 23, 2011 Dmitry Medvedev signed Federal Law On Amendments to the Federal Law on Migration Registration for Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons in the Russian Federation, and Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation.

The new federal law aims to improve Russia’s immigration laws, particularly as concerns visa, employment, and registration requirements for foreign citizens coming to Russia to work as highly qualified specialists, and their family members.

The amendments simplify, in particular, visa requirements for highly qualified foreign specialists by making it possible for them to obtain multi-entry working visas for the duration of their employment contracts. The amendments also apply to visas for foreign specialists’ family members.