Employers should inform the Ministry of Internal Affairs when their foreign employees do not live at their registered place of residence

A law requiring host parties to notify the migration department of departure of foreign nationals if they do not live at their registered place of residence entered into force on August 10, 2018(1).

The Migration Department of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs will set out what information should be submitted, when and how. This procedure still needs to be approved so it is not yet clear whether such notification will be a right or an obligation for employers.

Employers are advised, before adoption of the aforementioned regulations, to notify the Ministry of Internal Affairs about the departure of foreign nationals with whom contact has been lost. Such notification may be done in any format by postal mail.

A notice of foreign national departure should be submitted when contact with foreign national has been lost, upon termination of employment, etc. except in the following cases:

  • Foreign nationals are registered at another place of residence;
  • Foreign nationals leave the Russian Federation;
  • Foreign nationals die in the Russian Federation or are declared missing or dead;
  • Fictitious registration at a place of stay in accommodation.

Liability

Please note that administrative liability in the form of fines from RUB 400,000 to RUB 500,000(2) will be imposed on offending host parties (employers) if the established notification procedure is not followed.

1 Federal Law N 257-FZ dated July 29, 2018 Amending Articles 8 and 23 of Federal Law On Migration Registration of Foreign Nationals and Stateless Citizens in the Russian Federation for Deregistration of Foreign Nationals and Stateless Citizens from their Place of Residence in the Russian Federation.

2Article 18.9(4) Russian Code of Administrative Offenses Federal Law N 195-FZ dated December 30, 2001