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Law simplifying Russian entry visa formalities for highly qualified specialists and their family members

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.

The Federal Law On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation has been amended accordingly.

March 23, 2011