Immigration law violations to be punished by up to 10 years - FMS

Starting from 2015, malicious violators of the immigration rules in Russia will be banned from entering the country for ten, not five years, says Dmitry Demidenko, the deputy director of the department for foreign citizens at the Federal Migration Service (FMS).

Starting from 2015, malicious violators of the immigration rules in Russia will be banned from entering the country for ten, not five years, says Dmitry Demidenko, the deputy director of the department for foreign citizens at the Federal Migration Service (FMS).

"Changes to the federal law regarding travel to and from Russia are expected to become effective from January 12, 2015," Demidenko said on Thursday.

As of 2015, foreigners who overstayed their Russian visa by 180 - 270 days will be banned from entry for five years, he said.

Those who overstayed their visa by more than 270 days will be banned from entry to Russia for ten years, he said.

He made this announcement at a meeting between senior FMS officers and representatives of national diasporas, which focused on changes to the migration laws.

For her part, FMS spokeswoman Zalina Kornilova told the assembled that the entry ban does not involve a human factor.

"I want to remind that whether or not entry should be banned is decided not by an FMS officer, entry is banned by the machine. The Russian FMS has a very powerful information resource, the system contains around 145 million dossiers on foreign nationals," Kornilova said.

The computer checks impartially whether any particular person about to enter Russia broke immigration rules the previous time, she said. If he or she did, they will be banned from entry.

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