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A new migrant law designed to make life in Russia easier for expat specialists has been put into force.
The new regulation exempts highly-skilled workers with a yearly income of more than 2 million roubles ($66,000) from migrant quotas, orders migration agencies to finish all paperwork for such workers within 2 weeks, simplifies immigration procedures for specialists’ family members, grants work permits up to 3 years at once, and eases procedures for obtaining citizenship.
This comes as part of the state’s initiative to attract more foreign talent to the country.
“The migration of highly-skilled workers is the priority in the new law on migration. This law is the basis for the future of Russian policy toward migrants as a whole. Russia is increasingly becoming dependent on its migrant workforce, primarily because of the demographic gap. And the problems are just beginning: the gaps may grow and the economy can suffer,” Konstantin Poltaranin, spokesperson of the Federal Migration Service, told RT.