On 15 February 2011 new amendments to migration legislation introduced by Federal Law No. 385-FZ, dated 23 December 2010, “On Amending Separate Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation”, will come into force.

We would like to draw your attention to the following issue which is of particular importance:

A foreign citizen will no longer be allowed to be registered at the address of an organisation. Consequently, foreign citizens may only be registered at residential premises.

Furthermore, the party that has made the residential premises available to the foreign individual is required to register that person with the migration authorities at the address of the premises. Specifically, this applies to (i) a private individual who rents the residential premises to a foreign citizen or (ii) an organisation that is renting the premises on behalf of a foreign citizen.

However, please note that highly qualified foreign specialists (those earning at least RUB 2 mln (approx. USD 67,000) per year) are subject to the following registration process:

 — a foreign specialist and the members of his family will be allowed a period of 90 days from the date of entry into Russia during which they will not be required to register with the migration authorities. Once a foreign specialist has been in Russia for 90 days, he will be required to be registered at his place of residence; and

— if a foreign specialist is already registered at his place of residence and then moves to a new location within Russia, he will be allowed a period of 30 days during which time he will not be required to be registered at his new place of residence. Once the 30 days have expired the foreign specialist will have to be registered at his new place of residence within 3 business days.