Organizational changes to the migration authorities in the Russian Federation

As per the President’s Order (no. 156), Federal Migration Service (FMS) will be cancelled and the responsibilities for processing of immigration applications and driving the immigration policies will be transferred to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Although the number of staff responsible for immigration applications will decrease by 30%, these changes should not have a negative impact on the current processing times and operations during or after implementation on June 1, 2016.

This summary was prepared using information obtained and translated from Interfax.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact the Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA, Vladimir Dziak: