One of the most important changes concerns the passage of fingerprinting and photographing procedures. Foreign citizens who arrived in the Russian Federation without the purpose of employment for a period of more than 90 days must undergo the procedure within 90 days from the date of entry into the Russian Federation, and foreign citizens who arrived in the Russian Federation for the purpose of employment–within 30 days or when applying for a patent / work permit.
Thus, the procedure of fingerprinting and photographing will now also have to be carried out by highly qualified specialists and employees of branches, representative offices and subsidiaries of foreign legal entities. This procedure will be performed upon receipt of a work permit.
In order to undergo the above procedure, it will be necessary to submit a certificate of the absence of HIV infection, a medical report on the absence of infectious diseases and the conclusion of a psychiatrist-narcologist. Within 30 days after the expiration of these medical documents, it will be necessary to undergo a similar examination again and submit its results to the Ministry of Internal Affairs in person or through the portal of Public Services.
The requirements for fingerprinting and medical examination do not apply to citizens of Belarus and children under 6 years of age, as well as to a number of other citizens.
If the requirement to undergo the above procedures is not fulfilled, the period of temporary stay is reduced. And in case of negative results of a medical examination, a decision is made on the undesirability of stay (residence) or on the non-permission of entry.
When applying for Russian citizenship, it will be necessary to undergo fingerprinting even in the case when it has already been carried out.
These changes will take effect in 180 days, that is, on 12/29/2021.
Another important change is the possibility for citizens of Kazakhstan, Moldova and Ukraine to apply for a temporary residence permit (hereinafter referred to as the "RVP") without taking into account the quota only on the basis of the fact of their citizenship. At the same time, it remained possible for a stateless person who had previously permanently resided on the territory of Ukraine, recognized as a refugee or received temporary asylum in the Russian Federation to receive a PRT without a quota.
It is now possible to obtain a residence permit (hereinafter referred to as a "residence permit")in the form of a card with an electronic data carrier. At the same time, stateless persons will not be able to obtain a residence permit in this form. In both cases, the validity period of the residence permit will be 10 years, after which it will be subject to replacement.
These changes have already entered into force, while at the moment it is impossible to say whether documents for a PRTR will be accepted on this basis before changes are made to the relevant regulations.
Changes were also made regarding the terms of temporary stay of foreign citizens.
Thus, it has become legislatively fixed that the term of temporary stay of labor migrants from the EAEU member states and their family members (spouses, children and parents who are dependent on a foreign citizen) is extended for the duration of an employment or civil contract. If the employment or civil law contract is indefinite, the period of stay is extended to 1 year from the date of entry. In addition, the specified period may be repeatedly extended without leaving the Russian Federation, but not for more than 1 year from the date of the next extension.
Also, the period of stay of foreign citizens from visa-free countries who are family members of Russian citizens and foreigners with a residence permit in the Russian Federation (spouses, children, parents, grandparents and grandchildren) is extended to 1 year from the date of entry. The specified period may be repeatedly extended without leaving the Russian Federation, but not for more than 1 year from the date of the next extension.
In case of recognition of a foreign citizen as a native speaker of the Russian language, his stay is extended for 90 days from the date of obtaining this status.