Changes in Migration Law from July 8, 2018

Please be informed that on July 8, 2018, Federal law No. 163-FZ of 27.06.2018 "On amendments to the Federal law "On migration registration of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Russian Federation" (hereinafter – “the Law”) comes into force.

Please note that the entry into force of the Law changes the process of migration registration (registration at the place of residence) of foreign citizens.

The law redefines the concept of "Receiving party" and "Place of residence".

According to the new wording, the place of residence of a foreign citizen in the Russian Federation is recognized as:

  1. accommodation facilities (that is not a place of residence) or other premises in which a foreign citizen actually lives (regularly used for sleep and rest);
  2. company at which the foreign citizen have to be registered by place of residence in case of his actual residence at this address or in the premises of the entity, not having address data (structure), including temporary premises in which foreign citizen carry out work or other activity not prohibited by the legislation of the Russian Federation. 

The foreign citizen is subject to registration at the place of stay at the address of the company in which he performs labor or other activities not prohibited by the legislation of the Russian Federation, in the case of actual residence at the address of the specified company or in the premises of the this company that does not have address data (structure), including temporary.

In other words, it will be possible to provide migration registration only on the addresses of residential premises (or non-residential premises, but equipped for sleep and rest), or on the addresses of a hotel or other organization providing hotel services, a sanatorium, a holiday home, a boarding house, a medical organization, etc., where a foreign citizen actually lives. 

The host party is:
a Russian citizen, permanently residing in the Russian Federation a foreign citizen or stateless person, a legal entity, a branch or representative office of a legal entity, a Federal state authority, a state authority of a subject of the Russian Federation, a local self-government body, a diplomatic mission or a consular office of a foreign state in the Russian Federation, an international organization or its representation in the Russian Federation or a foreign state representative office at an international organization located in the Russian Federation, provided in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation for the actual residence of a foreign citizen or stateless person residential or other premises, or company where a foreign citizen in the prescribed manner carries out labor or other activities not prohibited by the legislation of the Russian Federation. 

As the host party for his/her family members may be also the foreign citizen or the person without citizenship who are the highly qualified specialist and have ownership of residential premises in the territory of the Russian Federation.

The host party may be also: hotels, resorts, holiday homes, camping or other premises in which he actually resides.

Thus, these persons, institutions and companies can be the host party (be responsible as the host party) only if they provide a foreign citizen with any premises (including non-residential) for the actual living.

From July 8, 2018, migration registration will be possible only at the address of the foreign citizen's actual residence. 

Registration of a foreign citizen at the address of the employer's location (except the cases when a foreign citizen, being an employee, actually lives at the company’s address in a room equipped for sleep and rest) will not be possible.