Belarus & Russia: agreement on mutual recognition of visas close to effectuation

We inform you that the process of ratifying the agreement on mutual recognition of visas between the governments of Russia and Belarus is completed on 1 February 2023.

Schedule for cargo transportation in Russia

The State Duma of the Russian Federation is considering an amendment to the law on «Motorways and road operations».

The amendments include the introduction of booking the date and time of cross-border transit for cargo vehicles beginning on 1st September 2023. 

Russia: foreign nationals may obtain permanent residence permit based on investments

We would like to inform you that foreign nationals may now apply for a permanent residence permit in Russia based on investments. The relevant legislation as well as eligibility criteria came into force on 11 January 2023.

Kazakhstan: visa-free visitors may not stay in country over 90 days in 180 days

We inform you that the Kazakh authorities have amended the rules of entry and stay in Kazakhstan: visa-free nationals, including those from the EAEU countries, will no longer be able to re-enter Kazakhstan to extend the allowed period of stay (a practice often referred to as “visa run”) without minding the limit of cumulative stay. These changes will come into force on 27 January 2023.

HQS salary notifications to be submitted by 31 January 2023

We would like to remind you about the employers’ responsibility to timely submit quarterly notifications on salary paid out to highly qualified specialists (HQS) in the 4th quarter 2022. 

Russia: MIA offices to issue invitation letters in shorter timeframe

Please be informed that the order of the MIA of Russia No. 844 dated 09.11.22 introduces changes to the Administrative regulations of processing letters of invitation (LOI), reducing the standard processing time of LOI applications from 20 to 15 business days. The changes will take effect on 10 December 2022. 

Armenia: authorities to consider issue of residence permits to freelancers

Please be informed that Armenian authorities are considering changes to the legislation proposed by the Ministry of Economy, which promote residence permits for foreigners who are not locally employed in Armenia. The discussion of this proposal is underway.


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