What Threatens Foreigners Making Regular Border Crossings To Russia?
Some foreigners in Russia have adopted a system that circumvents current migration regulations.
First, the foreigner arrives on a standard business or tourist visa allowing stays of every 90 out of 180 days. The foreigner then leaves after 90 days, but re-enters Russia immediately afterwards, gaining a new migration card.
Some foreigners are sure that this procedure is legal because, especially if they use overland exit points where the migration system is not yet computerized, often nothing is said by the border guards. A new migration card is issued and even new registration is often obtained.
However, the foreigner is in violation of Federal Law No. 115 FZ, Article 5, which clearly states that a foreign citizen who came to Russia on such a visa and stayed for 3 months must exit and stay outside the country for at least 3 months before returning.
If the gap between departure and the new entry is less than 3 months - the foreigner is residing in Russia illegally.
The penalty for this is based on how many days the foreigner resides in Russia illegally. The days of illegal stay in the Russian Federation begin to be counted from the moment of the first repeated entry into the Russian Federation after living abroad less than 90 days.
The foreigner faces a ban on entry to the Russian Federation for this:
- Living up to 170 days means a ban for 3 years;
- Living from 170 to 270 days, a ban for 5 years;
- Living more than 270 days – a ban for 10 years (maximum period).
Foreigners who wish to reside in Russia long-term must have a labor patent, a temporary resident permit or permeant residence permit.
Translated by Alinga Consulting Group.
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