New Registration Rule for Foreigners in Russia

    Jul 06, 2018 @ 04:38 PM / by Oscar Rasson

    Moscow, Russia during a recent AIRINC survey. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Oscar Rasson.

    What is the new registration rule and how will it impact expatriates in Russia?

    During my May 2018 survey of Moscow, relocation agencies and real estate agents warned me of an upcoming change to the “регистрация” (registration) rule for foreigners in Russia.

    Before, expatriates on a short- or long-term assignment in Moscow were able to “register” using an employer’s address. This way, the Federal Migration Service (FMS) could keep track of any migrants in Russia. Now, foreigners will need to register at the actual address of residency. This sudden change will complicate things for landlords and relocation agents since the law signed by Vladimir Putin is effective on July 8th. Additionally, the exact details of the law and how registration will proceed after the 8th are still unclear.


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    Oscar Rasson

    Written by Oscar Rasson

    Oscar Rasson joined AIRINC in 2016 as a Cost of Living Surveyor based in our Brussels office. He comes from the Walloon municipality of Viroinval in Belgium and he has also lived and worked for two years at the Moscow State University in their faculty of translations and interpretations. He holds a Master’s Degree in Translation and speaks English, French, German, Russian and Dutch.