Krasnodar, 21 January. Our today’s interviewee is Svetlana Slokvenko, Deputy Head of the Division of Labour Migration of the regional Police Office.
Q.: The interim measures introduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic expired on January 1. What does it mean for foreign citizens?
A.: Until December 31, 2021, foreign citizens that had arrived at Russia on a non-visa basis were able to apply for the issuance (reissuance) of their patent irrespective of the established documents submission deadlines and the declared purpose of their arrival at the Russian Federation. What is at issue is foreign citizens whose term of temporary stay expiring after March 15, 2020 was suspended (prolonged) due to the pandemic, and foreign citizens who entered the Russian territory before March 15, 2020 and since then were officially registered at the place of their residence.
The residence permits (temporary residence permits, residencies, emergency shelter certificates) expired before December 31, 2021 shall be deemed valid until July 18, 2022.
Since January 1, 2022 such provisions as, say, suspension of the duration of temporary residence for 90 days from the date of abolition of restrictions for transport service with a foreign country, continue to remain in effect.
Q.: Please explain the legal novelties introduced on December 29, 2021.
A.: Firstly, the new law significantly expanded the circle of foreign citizens obliged to undergo medical examination and submit documents proving absence of certain diseases (including drug addiction, AIDS, coronavirus, TB, sexually transmitted and other infectious diseases). Now it also refers to foreigners entering the country from the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union. Since November 2021, such medical documents must be submitted by high-professional foreign specialists who were expelled from this duty in the past. Within 30 days after the expiry date of their medical certificates, they will have to undergo a new examination and submit respective papers.
Secondly, now all foreign citizens entering the country with the aim of being employed in Russia will have to undergo mandatory state dactyloscopy registration within 30 days from the day of entry or when being issued a labour permit, as well as foreigners entering the country with other aims for a period exceeding 90 calendar days within 90 days from the day of entry.
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