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The State Duma approved the easing of migration policy of Russia

March 17 2006

On Friday the State Duma passed the first reading of a bill under which the simplified rules for issuing permits to foreign citizens for temporary residence and work in Russia.

As Rosbalt reports, the document is supported by 343 of parliament, voted against 34. The bill was supported by the faction "United Russia". KPRF, the LDPR, "Rodina" and "People's Will - SEPRO" voted against it.

The draft law establishes the possibility of citizens of countries with which Russia has visa-free regime of temporary residence permits on the basis of personal statements followed (a month), providing other necessary documents.

Also establishes a mechanism to appeal decisions to deny permits for temporary residence and the cancellation of earlier decisions. Determined the legal status of foreign citizens during the consideration of complaints lodged with them.

The Russian government will have the authority to reduce or increase the 90-day period of stay of foreigners on the territory of Russia.

The government also will set the immigration quota, depending on country of origin, profession, qualifications and other "qualitative" characteristics of foreign workers engaged for work in Russia.

Migrants have the right to work only in the region in which they were granted a work permit.

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