Visa Invitation Issuers May Be Held Responsible When The Foreigners They Invite Break Immigration Laws
Current legislation allows for administrative fines of 2,000 to 4,000 rubles only for individuals who invite a foreign citizen or stateless person to the Russian Federation, provide them with a dwelling, and do not ensure that they comply with immigration law.
Compliance involves not only leaving the Russian Federation before the visa's expiry date, but also making sure that the foreigner's activities in Russia correspond with those allowed by the type of visa issued.
Under the terms of a new draft bill now under consideration, officials could also be held responsible with an administrative fine of 45,000 to 50,000 rubles and legal entities could be fined between 400,000 to 500,000 rubles.
See Draft Federal Law No. 387276-7 "On Amending Article 18.9 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation"
Translated by Alinga Consulting Group.
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