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Amendments to law on legal status of foreign nationals in Russia

December 30, 2013

Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law On Amendments to Federal Law On the Legal Status of Foreign Nationals in the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation.

The federal law is aimed at improving the Russian Federation’s migration legislation. The amendments concern medical examination procedures for foreign nationals arriving in Russia under conditions that do not require a visa, who are working on Russian territory for private individuals or studying in Russia full time. The amendments establish that when such foreign nationals apply for work permits (licenses) in the Russian Federation, they are required to present documents stating that they are free of drug addiction and illnesses indicated on the corresponding official list of infectious diseases that pose a threat to those around them, as well as a certificate stating that they are not infected with HIV.

In accordance with the federal law, failure to present the indicated documents serves as a basis for refusing to issue (or extend) a work permit or license to a foreign national.

December 30, 2013