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Wego reports, citing from the Russian News Agency, that a comprehensive bill has been proposed by the Russian Interior Ministry to bolster state oversight of immigration. The submission of the bill for government review was announced by spokesperson Irina Volk.

Titled ‘On the Conditions of Entry into the Russian Federation and Exit from the Russian Federation of Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons, as well as the Conditions for Their Stay and Residence on the Territory of the Russian Federation,’ the legislation was officially presented on 29 March 2024. The proposed law aims to modernize immigration oversight by expanding the legal framework for monitoring foreign nationals’ entry and residency in Russia.

Key provisions of the bill, as outlined by Volk, include the introduction of biometric identification for individuals entering Russia and reducing the permissible duration of temporary stays for foreigners to 90 days per calendar year, down from the previous allowance of 90 days within a six-month period.

The legislation also proposes establishing digital profiles for foreign visitors and implementing a controlled stay regime for specific categories of foreigners. Additionally, the bill seeks tighter oversight over employers hiring foreign labor and measures to combat illegal immigration activities.

Under the proposed legislation, all foreign arrivals in Russia would be subject to fingerprint registration and photographing, with the option for biometric data registration at Russian Interior Ministry offices abroad. It introduces the concept of a digital profile for foreign citizens, consolidating their information within state electronic systems under a unique identifier. This profile would replace existing migration documents and serve as proof of identity, residency, and work authorization in Russia.

Moreover, the bill aims to establish a registry of employers and foreign employees to facilitate legal hiring practices. Volk emphasized additional measures such as loyalty agreements, expulsion for individuals posing security threats, and administrative supervision over foreign residents.

The overarching objective of the bill is to streamline immigration procedures, ensure regulatory compliance, and provide real-time electronic confirmation of foreigners’ legal status. This confirmation will form the basis for offering public and commercial services to such citizens.