Russia – Recent Immigration Developments

The Bank of Russia has defined minimum requirements for medical insurance for foreign national employees which will take effect on 1 May 2016.  In addition, effective 1 January 2016, work permit holders applying to amend their work permits more than seven days after a change to their passport details must pay a fine of between 4000 and 5000RUB.


Medical Insurance RequirementsRussia (1)

In accordance with Federal Law 115 (“On the legal status of foreign citizens in Russia”), foreign nationals working in Russia are required to have medical insurance which ensures that they can receive first aid and urgent medical care while in Russia.

On 31 January 2016, Bank of Russia regulations regarding this issue entered into force. In accordance with these requirements, medical insurance certificates held by foreign citizens should include specific information about:

  • The insurer (employer)
  • The insured person
  • The insurance company
  • The validity term and territory of the certificate.