Putin launches migration reform

Putin launches migration reform

Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a series of instructions on migration and obtaining Russian citizenship. The instructions of the head of state are based on the Russia’s State Migration Policy Concept 2019–2025.

The first progress report on the implementation of instructions will be submitted to the Russian leader by spring 2021; head of the Kremlin administration Anton Vaino has been appointed responsible for the preparation of the report. Further, the working group will prepare reports to the head of state every six months, the Kremlin website informs.

In addition, work will begin on updating the action plan for the implementation of the Concept of State Migration Policy prepared until 2025. A report on this topic will be completed by the summer of this year. The Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the FSB, the Ministry of Justice and the presidential administration will take part in the work on it.

It is clarified that the aim of the reform is a unification of the migration regime for a long-term stay (more than 90 days) in Russia. If a citizen of another country arrives in the Russian Federation for work, study, treatment and for other legitimate purposes, he does not need to receive a residence permit. The regime applies to citizens of member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, with the exception of citizens of Belarus. The entrant will receive the right to a long stay without a residence permit after registration of the account with the State Information System (SIS) based on the provision of biometric personal data. Also, a prerequisite is the absence of dangerous diseases and the presence of a single document with an electronic storage medium.

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