October 2, 2020

Russia: Requirements for Parties Inviting Foreign Nationals

The Russian government recently issued details of specific requirements that those who invite foreign nationals to enter and stay must meet. The measures will be valid for six years from September 25, 2020, the effective date of the official decree.

What has changed?

Decree 1428 outlines the following measures:

    1. The inviting or sponsoring party must supply contact details for communication purposes to the foreign national that are:
      1. issued either before arrival when arranging the invitation or upon arrival at the place of stay in Russia
      2. available to share via multiple means, including traditional and electronic email with a read receipt, or in person with signature of acceptance

The above measure is not required in the event the individual is applying for a multi-entry visa.

    1. The inviting party must provide letters guaranteeing  financial, medical and accommodation security along with the submission of the invitation or sponsoring documents.

In accordance with a 2003 Decree No. 167, the inviting party must guarantee to provide all invited foreign nationals with:

      1. funds for the period of their stay in Russia in the amount of no less than subsistence minimum set in a specific Russian region as well as funds needed to leave Russia
      2. a salary in the amount of no less than minimum wage set by federal law for those arriving for work purposes
      3. a medical insurance policy or funds to obtain medical assistance
      4. accommodation for the period of stay in Russia in accordance with the social standard of housing set in the specific Russian region

    1. The inviting party must assist the foreign national in completing their declared purpose of entry by supporting them with the following tasks:
      1. arranging meetings, negotiations, conferences, and signing and renewing contracts
      2. employment, providing a workplace and signing a work or services contract
      3. enrolment activities based on contract or study arrangements
      4. arranging humanitarian, religious, cultural, or sport-related events
      5. migration registration at the address of housing which the inviting party either has available, or has leased
    1. The inviting party must notify the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) if they lose contact with the foreign national who visited under their invitation and who remains in Russia. The notification must be submitted within 2 business days of awareness of the loss of contact and should be sent either in person or in writing (email is also acceptable) to the appropriate regional MIA department.

Who is affected?

Companies and individuals arranging invitation letters for foreign nationals visiting Russia.

What you need to do

For further information on actions required by companies in Russia inviting foreign nationals for work purposes, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at immigration@sterlinglexicon.com.

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