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Migration control

The foreign citizen making his decision to come to the Russian Federation shall know some of the essential rules for the foreign citizens stay in Russia.1

The migration registration procedure consists of information (notification) of the territorial body of the Federal migration service of the foreign citizen arrival at place of his residence, and must be fulfilled within seven working days upon the arrival of the foreign citizen to the Russian Federation. One shall know that all migration registration procedures are fulfilled by the Host party, and the foreign citizen himself shall not apply to any organization.

Upon arrival at place of residence the foreign citizen shall submit to the Host party his passport and the Migration card, which is filled in at the arrival to the Russian Federation. The withholding of passport and the Migration card shall not be allowed.

There is an alternative variant of migration registration at the post offices. There are special windows at the post office organizations, where the Host party may receive the Notification form for filling in.

Territorial body of the Federal migration service or the post office organization receiving the filled in Notification form of the Host party and the aforesaid copies shall stamp the reception mark in the Notification form and then return the detachable section of the Notification to the Host party.

The Host party hands the detachable section of the Notification to the foreign citizen. The availability of such detachable section with the stamped reception mark will certify his migration registration.

The Host party may be both the Russian citizens and foreign citizens or persons without citizenship (with residence permit) permanently residing in the Russian Federation, as well as legal entities, their branch offices or representative offices, where the foreign citizen actually lives or works.

By accommodation of the foreign citizen in the hotel the Host party shall be the hotel administration, which within one day shall notify the territorial body of the Federal migration service of the foreign citizen arrival and fulfills all necessary activities connected with the registration of foreign citizens and bears responsibility for compliance with the set residency rules.

All necessary registration activities are fulfilled by the hotel administration.

On the basis of the documents submitted by the foreign citizen they fill in special Notification form of the foreign citizen arrival at place of residence (further Notification). Then the Host party within one day submits the form, passport copy and the Migration card into the Territorial body of the Federal migration service directly or sends it by mail.

Violation of migration registration rules may inflict administrative responsibility of the foreign citizen in the form of the penalty and in the amount of 2000 to 5000 rubles, and in some cases followed by exclusion from the Russian Federation. The foreign citizen subject to the administrative exclusion may be prohibited to enter the Russian Federation for a period till five years.

The availability of passport, migration card and detachable part of the Notification copies by the loss of the originals or any force majeure circumstances may help to prove the existence of documents and compliance with the rules of migration registration.

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