Russia: Federal Migration Service merger into Internal Affairs Ministry may delay immigration processes

Federal Migration Service office has been merged into a department of the Internal Affairs Ministry, according to an Executive Order. The change may cause delays in work permits and invitation letter issuance, however is not expected to change any Russian immigration processes, as legislative changes have not been made.

Russia: Restrictions on Turkish workers and visitors forthcoming

Employers in Russia will not be able to employ Turkish nationals starting January 1, 2016. This ban will not apply to Turkish nationals already working in Russia on the basis of labour and civil agreements with Russian employers. 

It is not yet clear if employers will be able to file work permit extensions for Turkish nationals already working in Russia. 

Also on or after January 1, 2016, Turkish nationals will no longer be visa exempt for tourism or business purposes, except diplomats and those with residence permits.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Employers in Russia with Turkish nationals or those who seek to employ Turkish nationals should contact their immigration professional to discuss alternative options once the ban is in place.