Beiten Burkhardt

Russia - Legislative Regulation of the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation, April 2015

The main regulatory act in the area of regulation of issues of the entry and presence of foreign citizens in Russia is the Federal Law “On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation” No. 115-FZ dated 25 July 2002 (hereinafter the “Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens” or the “Law”). The adoption of the Law initiated the formation of an integrated legislative base regulating the legal status of foreign citizens and provided the prerequisites for further developing the legislation in this sphere, including the regulation of certain practical aspects. On the basis and in pursuance of the Law, the Government of the Russian Federation and the Federal Migration Service of Russia adopted a number of regulatory documents regulating, in particular, matters concerning the establishment of quotas for the issuance of invitations to foreign citizens for purposes of working and temporary residence in Russia, as well as the procedure for issuance of temporary residence documents and work permits.

The main provisions of the legislation regulating the legal status of foreign citizens in Russia are commented on below. (...)

Topics:

  • Permits to Stay in Russia
     - Temporary Stay
     - Temporary Residence
     - Permanent Residence

  • Employment of Foreign Citizens
     - General Provisions
     - Foreign Employees Arriving in Russia on the Basis of a Visa
     - Foreign Employees Arriving in Russia on a Visa-Free Basis
     - Highly Qualified Foreign Specialists
     - Foreign Employees from the WTO member countries

  • Liability for Violation of the Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens