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A new type of visa for foreigners will appear in Russia  29.05.2017 09:10

Deputies of the State Duma adopted in the third reading the amendments to the current legislation introducing a new type of Russian visa – a temporary resident visa.

This type of visa will be issued to foreign citizens and stateless persons having a Russian temporary residence permit. According to the website of the Federal Assembly’s lower house, the validity period of this visa will be similar to term of the residence permit.

The bill was drafted after the Constitutional Court had declared the provisions of Part 2 of Art. 18.1 of the Administrative Code and Art. 24 of the Federal Law "On the Procedure for Entry into the Russian Federation and Departure from the Russian Federation" non-complying with the relevant constitutional law on February 16, 2016. As stated in the explanatory note to the document, these provisions allowed bringing administrative action against the foreign citizen with an expired visa even if he had a valid Russian temporary residence permit.

The adopted document allows foreign citizens and stateless persons - holders of a temporary residence permit to cross the Russian border "on the basis of valid documents proving their identity and a visa issued for the same term as their residence permit ".

The bill was submitted to the State Duma on July 25, 2016 by the government decree of July 22.