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RUSSIA – Draft Law to Restrict Employment of Foreign Nationals Introduced

, 19/04/2018

On 13 April 2018, a draft law was introduced to the Russian parliament, proposing new powers to ban or restrict the employment of nationals of the United States and/or other countries imposing sanctions on Russia.

If passed, Federal Law No. 441399-7 “On Measures of Affect (Counteraction) in Connection with Unfriendly Actions of the United States of America and (or) other Foreign States” may be used to restrict the employment of certain foreign nationals, including highly-qualified specialists, as a countermeasure when sanctions are imposed on Russia by other states.

The first reading of the draft law by the State Duma is scheduled for mid-May.

Action Items

Employers of foreign nationals in Russia should be prepared for the possibility of this law taking effect and affecting some of their employees.
Employers are advised to consult an immigration specialist for more specific advice.