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RUSSIA – Russian Nationals with Foreign Citizenship or Permanent Residence Will Have to Notify Federal Migration Service in Russia

Effective 4 August 2014, Russian nationals holding or obtaining permanent residence or citizenship in another country will have to notify the Federal Migration Service (FMS) in Russia. This change is decreed in the federal law #142-FZ of 4 June 2014 "On amendment of article 6 and 30 of the Federal law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation” and other laws of the Russian Federation”.

Who Does This Apply To?

This new regulation applies to Russian nationals, whether they live in Russia or abroad, who either hold or obtain non-Russian citizenship or permanent residence on or after 4 August 2014.

Russian citizens who can demonstrate that they officially and permanently reside outside of Russia are exempt from filing this notification. Evidence required for this exemption is either a deregistration stamp in the Russian passport or a document (листок убытия / listok ubitia) which confirms their permanent address abroad.

Registration Requirements and Procedure

Russian nationals in this situation will be required to submit a notification form along with copies of their Russian passport and of the document giving them the right to permanently reside in another country.

The notification must be submitted to the FMS office which has jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of permanent residence in Russia, or, failing this, temporary stay or actual location in Russia.

Notifications can be submitted in person or by post, but note that if submitted by post, they must be submitted via Russian post (i.e. cannot be posted directly to the FMS from outside Russia and will need to be submitted via a third party representative). Russian consulates cannot accept notifications.

There is currently no specific notification form, although requirements for information required for the notification have been stipulated in the law (please contact us or our partner, VFBS directly, for more information).

Penalties for Non-Compliance

Russian nationals who fail to correctly file a notification within 60 days of obtaining permanent residence or citizenship abroad (or within 60 days of 4 August 2014 if they already hold permanent residence abroad on this date) will be punishable by a fine of RUB200,000 or one year’s salary or other income, or by compulsory community service of up to 400 hours.

Fines of between RUB500 and RUB1000 may also be imposed for minor administrative violations.

Action Items

  • Note the new requirement coming into effect 4 August 2014, and ensure any Russian nationals employed abroad are aware and are compliant.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Vista Foreign Business Support

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.