Migrants who overstay their time in Russia will have their entry to Russia restricted - Federal Migration Service

Federal Migration Service Director Konstantin Romodanovsky is hoping the adoption of the law banning foreigners who overstay their time in Russia from entering Russia will improve the migration situation in Russia.

The government is now discussing a bill, which, if adopted, will prohibit foreign citizens who overstay their time in Russia from entering Russia for three years, Romodanovsky said at the meeting of the commission on migration issues of the presidential council on ethnic relations in Moscow on Friday.

"We will get rid of many people, of those who don't work, of those who cause problems, of those who cause a fair reaction from our population. I believe this law will become effective on Jan. 1 and we will see the results in mid-2013. We will feel them in April-May," he said.

The purpose of the law is to "radically change the situation associated with overstay of time in Russia by migrants," he said.

Romodanovsky recalled that bills strengthening criminal liability for organizing illegal migration and bills strenghtening administrative liability for violations of Russian migration legislation have been drawn up.

On Oct. 31, the Federation Council approved a law requiring foreign migrants working in the housing and utilities, trade, and services sectors in Russia to take Russian language tests and have at least a basic command of Russian.

The document requires foreign citizens or stateless persons not subject to visa requirements who plan to work in the housing and utilities, retail trade, or service sector in Russia to confirm their knowledge of the Russian language (which is to be at least at a basic level) with several documents in order to obtain or extend their work permits.

Foreign citizens or stateless persons not subject to visa requirements who plan to work in the housing and utilities, retail trade, or service sector in Russia are required to take state tests of Russian as a foreign language and obtain certification that their knowledge of Russian meets the basic level.

"The documents cannot be provided electronically. Foreign citizens who are citizens of countries in which Russian is a state language are not required to provide confirmation of their knowledge of Russian to obtain permits to work in the said areas," the explanatory materials attached to the document say.

The law will come into effect on Dec. 1, 2012.

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