One of the Federal laws (#3030-FZ "On amendment articles 25 and 26 of the
Federal law "On rules of departure from the territory of the Russian
Federation and entrance to the Russian Federation") provides for the
possibility to get long-term visas (for up to 5 years) to representatives
and employees of multinational companies investing into Russian economy. The
criteria for such companies will be stipulated by the Government of the
Russian Federation. Such visas will be issued without any official
invitation letter processed by Federal Migration Service, while the base for
a visa issue will be the application of a particular authority stipulated by
the Government of the Russian Federation sent to a consular post of the
At the same time another amendment to this law (#321-FZ) suggests
establishment of a ban on entry to the territory of the Russian Federation
within three years for foreign citizens and persons without citizenship, who
during their previous visit to Russia without a good reason overstayed for
longer than 30 days beyond the end of the allowed term of stay.
The Criminal Code has also been amended to strengthen the responsibility for
organizing the illegal entry into Russia of foreign citizens and persons
without citizenship, their illegal stay and illegal transit, as well as for
crossing the Russian border by those individuals whose entry into the
Russian Federation is certainly not allowed. Now, the law provides for an
increase in the fine amount of up to three hundred thousand rubles and
increased terms of punishment for organizing illegal migration.
We would also like to confirm that it is now possible for Employers to file
an application for the issue of Employment and Work permits (as well as
amendment, renewal, issue a duplicate of these documents) to the Federal
Migration Service Russia in the form of electronic documents (i.e. via
Internet). However, paper documents still have to be provided to the FMS
while the application is pending.
In addition, the Law gives the right to Employers to use foreign workers
with temporary residence permit in the Russian Federation without any
additional documents, such as Employment or Work permit.