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April 8, 2014
Revised Visa Extension Application Requirements
The Federal Migration Service released revisions to its processing of visa extension applications filed throughout Russia.
Effective immediately, visa extension applicants must possess passports valid for at least six months beyond the last date of intended stay indicated on the applicant’s extension application. Failure to submit appropriately valid passports will result in curtailment stay to the expiration date indicated on his or her current passport.
Moscow Labor Exchange Issues New Corporate Sponsorship Requirements/Accepts E-Filing of “Quota” Work Permit Applications
E-Filing of “Quota” Work Permit Applications
Officials with the Moscow Center for Labour Exchange (MLE) officials have announced that, beginning April 7, 2014, “Quota” work permit applications can be filed online at http://www.migrakvota.gov.ru/. Traditional paper applications for “Quota” work permit applications will also continue to be accepted.
Revised Deadlines for Filing “Quota” Work Permit Applications
As an update to our January 16th alert (http://www.luminaryglobalimmigration.com/#!global-news/c21xy), the MLE has extended the deadline for filing 2015 “Quota” labor forecasts to July 1, 2014. In addition, the deadline to file an application requesting additional “Quota” work permits during calendar year 2014 has been extended to September 1, 2014.
Corporate Guarantee for Medical Insurance and Housing Accommodation
Effective immediately, Russian companies qualified to file “Quota” work permit applications with the MLE must guarantee medical insurance and housing accommodation for assignees.
Revised Disqualifying Events for Companies Filing “Quota” Work Permit Applications
Effective immediately, the MLE has revised its list of disqualifying events and/or conditions for Russian companies intending to file future “Quota” work permit applications. This revised list is as follows:
Companies not already registered in the “Unified Register of Legal Persons";
Companies submitting falsified documents or providing inaccurate data to the Russian authorities;
Companies undergoing bankruptcy proceedings;
Companies failing to employ qualified Russian workers for positions clearly not requiring the expertise of foreign talent;
The salary indicated in a “Quota” application considered to be lower than the legal living standard indicated for the Moscow region;
Companies failing to file a “Quota” work permit application guaranteeing medical insurance and housing accommodation;
Companies charged with any civil/criminal offenses in the areas of labor, migration, tax, and social security law;
Companies failing to comply with the set quota of foreign employees in a particular industrial sector.
The Take Away
The opportunity to e-file “Quota” work permit applications with the Moscow Labor Center may prove less document-intensive than traditional paper applications.
Russian companies are granted a reprieve in filing 2015 labor forecasts for “Quota” work permits and have additional time to amend their 2014 labor forecasts to apply for additional “ Quota” permits.
Russian company HR should discuss with the assignee’s home company/Global HR representatives the impact of the Russian company guaranteeing medical insurance and housing accommodation for the duration of assignment.
Russian companies filing “Quota” work permit applications must ensure they do not meet any disqualifying events listed above.
Assignees must proactively monitor their passport expiration dates well in advance of filing visa extension applications and arrange renewal of their passports accordingly.
As these are new immigration requirements, please do not hesitate to contact Luminary Global Immigration or your Russian immigration service provider for further consultation. Please be advised that implementation of these new regulations may require flexibility in filing “Quota” permits and will require proactive monitoring of filing of visa extension applications.
LGI thanks VISTA Foreign Business Support for contributing to this news posting.
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