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RUSSIA – New Obligations for Inviting Parties

, 13/01/2019

On 16 January 2019, Federal law of 19.07.2018 #216-FZ came into force, imposing new obligations on companies which invite foreign nationals to Russia from visa-required countries (this includes visits on work and business visas).

The law obliges legal entities and persons who invite foreign nationals to undertake measures to ensure that the invited nationals comply with the declared purpose of entry to and timely exit from Russia.

However, as of 16 January 2019, the government of Russia has not yet established the list of such measures and the rules for undertaking them.


Federal law of 19.07.2018 215-FZ, also effective 16 January 2019, introduced administrative fines for failure to undertake the established measures, in the following amounts:

Individuals - RUB 2000-4000
Company officials: - RUB 45,000 – 50,000
Legal entities – RUB 400,000 – 500,000

Action Items
Employers in Russia who may be affected are encouraged to contact their immigration specialist for case-specific advice.