• Russia: Foreign Registration Procedures Take Effect with Some Process Changes
  • February 25, 2011
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Effective February 15, 2011, foreign nationals entering the Russian Federation must register with the local or regional Federal Migration Service office that has jurisdiction over their place of actual residence, but may be required to have their landlord complete registration formalities on their behalf. Foreign nationals can no longer use their employer’s address to complete the registration process.

    According to the new rules, a foreign national’s specific living situation will determine who is responsible for completing the registration process. If the foreign national directly leases his or her residence, the landlord is responsible for completing the registration procedures. The landlord may register the foreign national in person or through a third party with a notarized power of attorney. In exceptional circumstances, the foreign national may complete the actual registration if the landlord is physically unable to fulfill the registration requirements.

    If the foreign national’s employer leases the residence, the landlord is still responsible for completing the registration process, but the employer may assist with the registration. If the employer does so, FMS officials may request proof of the lease agreement. Foreign nationals who own their residences can complete the registration process themselves or may register through a third party with a notarized power of attorney.

    Under the new procedures, registration formalities may be completed by the responsible party in person at the appropriate office of the Federal Migration Service or at a local post office by mailing the registration documents to the appropriate FMS office.

    Foreign nationals who completed their registrations before the new procedures took effect on February 15, 2011 are not required to re-register; their existing registrations remain valid unless they depart and re-enter Russia.

    The new registration rules have created considerable burden for foreign nationals and the business community. As a result, Russian authorities have met with business leaders to discuss alternative approaches to the registration process, and the government is expected to make changes to the new registration law. However, until any changes are officially published, the new rules remain in effect.

    In preparing this alert, Fragomen worked closely with VISTA Foreign Business Support (Moscow). The content herein is provided for informational purposes only. To read more Fragomen Client Alerts please visit: http://www.fragomen.com.