According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the near future citizens of the Republic of Cyprus will have the opportunity to apply for long-term tourist visas to Russia.

Starting from November 21, 2017, Russian diplomatic missions and consular departments will issue single-entry tourist visas valid for up to 90 days to citizens of the Republic of Cyprus. To apply for a visa, a tourist confirmation from the host organization included in the federal register of tour operators will be required.


✅ Registration at the place of stay or residence of foreign citizens who arrived for temporary stay (temporary or permanent residence) is carried out within 1 day from the date of their arrival at the place of stay or residence providing the submission of the documents by the receiving party or directly by foreign citizens in the relevant territorial body of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia;


Russia has introduced the border regime in areas next to the border with Belarus on February 7.

The border regime has been introduced in Russia's three oblasts – Pskov, Smolensk and Bryansk.

There used to be no border zones at Belarus-Russia border before.

The innovation will not affect Belarusian citizens and will only apply to foreigners, the Russian border service assured.

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News archive - 2015


New rules for obtaining Schengen visas come into effect in Russia

According to the new visa information system of European Union begining from September 14, 2015 an applicant should pass the dactyloscopy procedure and submit digital photo.

This data will keep in this system during 5 years and will be valid for any other applications.

Dactyloscopy procedure is not required for all Russian children till 12 years.


Accession of Kirghizia to Eurasian Economic Union

The presidents of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia signed the documents of accession of Kirghizia to Eurasian Economic Union on May 8, 2015. According to the documents, accession of the Kyrgyz Republic to Eurasian Economic Union will come into force on May 29, 2015.


New rules of work permit documents submission

According to the Administrative Regulation of the state service there are new requirements to validity of passports of foreign citizens applying for work permits:


Certificates confirming knowledge of the Russian language, history and Russian legislation

In accordance with the Federal Law of the Russian Federation as of April 20, 2014 N 74-FZ "On Amending the Federal Law "On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation" starting from January, 1, 2015, foreign citizens must confirm their knowledge of the Russian language, knowledge of the history of Russia and the laws of the Russian Federation, for:

•work permit;


•temporary residence permit;

•permanent residence permit.


Biometric data for a trip to India

Biometric testing will become part of procedure of filing of application on the Indian visa since March 14, 2015. The authorities of the country declared that some more processing centers which will help to cope with the increased demand will be open and that full registration of the demand for the visa will take more time.

The Indian visa will be soon issued in two stages:


Great Britain reduces number of visa types to four

The government of Great Britain intends to reduce amount of visa categories with 15 to four.

Since April, in Embassy of the United Kingdom according to the new standard it will be possible to request the following types of visas:


The procedure of the period of temporary stay extention and reduction of foreign citizens in Russia

According to the Order of the Federal Migration Service of Russia as of 15.12.2014 N 655 there was approved the procedure for adoption of the decision on the extension or reduction of the period of temporary stay of foreign citizens in Russia by the territorial authorities of the Russian FMS.


Submission of information on branches, rep offices of foreign legal entity to the Federal Tax Service

We would like to remind you that branches and rep offices of foreign legal entity operating on the basis of permission for opening them in Russia till January 01, 2015 and which accreditation does not expire before April 1, 2015 must submit information to the Federal Tax Service before April 1, 2015.

The quota 2015 application procedure

The Moscow center for labor exchange accepts the documents for quota for foreign labor hire in 2016 in Moscow and for quota correction for foreign labor hire in 2015.

Applications for quota of the next year will be accepted not later than July 1 of the current year. Quota correction applications will be accepted until September 1, 2015.


New procedure for accreditation of branch and representative offices of foreign legal entities

Starting from January 1, 2015 the Federal Tax Service is responsible for accreditation of foreign branches, representative offices (except rep offices of foreign credit organizations).