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  • 05 Aug 2020 10:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    On August 5, 2020, Federal law No. 16-FZ "On amendments to the Federal law "On the legal status of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation" comes into force.

    Now foreign students who study on a full-time basis in educational institutions of higher education under a state-accredited program and work in their free time can work without obtaining a work permit.

    If a foreign citizen has finished or stopped studying in such an organization, the employment contract concluded with him/her is subject to termination.

    This is also to remind you that it is the obligation of the employer to notify the territorial body of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia about the conclusion and termination (termination) of an employment contract with the foreign citizen.

    For more details on the adopted Federal law, please follow the link.

  • 03 Aug 2020 5:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear Clients and Partners,

    Please be informed that from August 1 additional changes clarifying the procedure for entering the Russian Federation for foreign and Russian citizens came into force. These changes include the requirements for testing for coronavirus infection.

    Which law introduces the changes?

    The decree of Chief sanitary officer of Russia dated July 27, 2020 N 22

    What are the changes?

    FOREIGN CITIZENS:

    1. Option for Covid-19 testing after arriving in Russia is no longer available.

    When boarding the plane and when crossing Russian border the foreign citizen must present negative test results for the Covid-19 test (done by PCR method). Such test needs to be done no later than 3 calendar days before arriving in Russia.

    2. If it is impossible to present test results in English or Russian language, it can be issued in the official language of the country where the medical institution is registered. In this case the translation must be certified by a Russian consular officer.

    3. Before crossing the borders foreign citizens will be obliged to fill-in the questionnaire for arrivals. Questionnaire example is available on the official website of Rospotrebnadzor.

    NB! Please keep in mind additional requirements for foreign workers:

    - Foreign citizens entering Russia for labour (work) purpose must undergo obligatory 14-days quarantine, regardless of whatever test results they have on their hands

    - Employers must verify that their foreign employees have negative test results for Covid-19, with test itself passed no later than 3 calendar days before their arrival in Russia.

    RUSSIAN CITIZENS ARRIVING VIA AIR FLIGHTS:

    1. Russian citizens must register as arrivals on the official State Services website (before flight check-in), and also fill-in the paper application (before crossing the border).

    2. Within 3 days after arrival Russian citizens must pass the test for Covid-19 (done by PCR method). After passing the test they must register the results on the State Services website.

    Who is affected?

    All foreign citizens, their employers, and citizens of Russia.


    Best regards,
    INTERMARK IMMIGRATION TEAM

    Email: [email protected]

    Tel.: +7 (495) 502 95 53

  • 30 Jul 2020 10:38 AM | Vera Dedyulya (Administrator)

    On July 6, 2020, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan approved Decree No. UP-6019 “On additional measures to further develop the competitive environment and reduce government involvement in the economy” (Hereinafter – “Decree UP-6019”) which provides for the following points:

    Firstly, the Anti-Monopoly Committee (hereinafter - the Committee) is accountable to the Senate of the Oliy Majlis and the President in its activities.

    Secondly, the Committee regularly submits information directly to the President on the implementation of the tasks set out in Decree UP-6019.

    Third, the Decree identifies the Cabinet of Ministers' subdivisions and other state structures with which the Committee cooperates in solving its tasks to create a free and competitive market in the country.

    Fourthly, it establishes a procedure in accordance with which from October 1, 2020:

    • The main task of the authorized bodies of the state administration in branches and spheres is to improve the competitive environment and its development;
    • It is not permitted to establish economic entities with the participation of the state, as well as its affiliates and state institutions authorized to conduct economic activities (except those established for the purposes of defense and national security) in the following cases:
      1. In areas where five or more private business entities operate in the same commodity market;
      2. In areas where public bodies themselves have been granted licensing, registration and accreditation powers;
    • There are also other conditions aimed at developing a competitive environment.

    Fifth, it establishes a procedure for the adoption of draft regulatory legal acts containing points that establish additional barriers to business or hinder the development of a competitive environment. They are adopted only if the Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction and the Ministry of Justice reach conclusions, or the Committee itself reaches the conclusion, that the regulation is necessary to create a competitive environment.

    Sixth, the Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction together with the Committee is instructed to develop and submit to the Cabinet of Ministers within one month a Regulation on the assessment of the impact on regulation of draft regulatory acts.

    In addition, Decree UP-6019 approved:

    • The strategy for the development of competitive environment in the commodity and financial markets in 2020-2024 and the road map for its implementation;
    • An action plan for a comprehensive inventory of regulations that have a direct impact on business activities and technical regulation regulations;
    • The list of ministries and agencies responsible for the development of programs for the development of competition until 2024, in the regulatory areas assigned to them;
    • The list of enterprises with the participation of the state, in which, starting from January 1, 2021, as an experiment, the antimonopoly compliance system is introduced.

    More information available at: https://www.dentons.com/en/insights/alerts/2020/july/23/government-involvement-in-the-economy-will-be-limited-in-uzbekistan 

  • 28 Jul 2020 5:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Bellerage Alinga is happy to present the updated version of our Guide to Doing Business in Russia. Foreign companies and entrepreneurs can quickly obtain an overview of the most important legal and fiscal aspects for commercial activities in Russia. Its compact format makes it suitable for executives considering entering the Russian market or expanding their activities there.

    Doing Business in Russia is published in 4 languages: Russian, English, German and French.

    Bellerage Alinga is price-quality leader in accounting outsourcing and No. 1 in 1C-based automation and process optimization solutions for international companies in Russia. We provide our clients with Accounting Outsourcing, Audit, IT-, Tax- and Legal Consulting. We are a founding member of XLNC, an international association of independent accounting, law and management consultancy practices. For more information, please visit: www.bellerage.com

  • 23 Jul 2020 10:30 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Bellerage Alinga has improved its position in the Rating of Accounting and Tax Outsourcing Providers published by the independent rating agency RAEX-Analytics, by climbing from 5th to 4th place compared to the previous year.

    The entire team of Bellerage Alinga would like to thank all its clients for their support and fidelity, without whom this new accomplishment would not have been possible.

    Bellerage Alinga is price-quality leader in accounting outsourcing and No. 1 in 1C-based automation and process optimization solutionsfor international companies in Russia. We provide our clients with Accounting Outsourcing, Audit, IT-, Tax- and Legal Consulting. We are a founding member of XLNC, an international association of independent accounting, law and management consultancy practices. For more information, please visit: www.bellerage.com

  • 15 Jul 2020 5:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear Clients and Partners,

    We would like to inform you that mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in the Russian Federation for foreign and Russian citizens has been canceled. Instead, people will need to confirm their COVID-19-free status at the border or be tested upon arrival.

    Which law introduces the changes?

    Decree of Chief sanitary officer of Russia dated 07.07.2020 No. 18

    What are the changes?

    14-day quarantine upon arrival to Russia has been cancelled.Instead foreign citizens arriving to Russia must:

    • Upon entering present a negative test result for the presence of coronavirus infection conducted no earlier than 3 days before entry.
    • If they did not do the test beforehand they must undergo examination within 3 days from the date of arrival in Russia.

    Russian citizens are also obliged to undergo testing for COVID-19 in 3 days after arriving to the country.

    Employers must inform workers leaving Russia of the abovementioned requirements, and also check if foreign citizens involved in work activities have negative test results.The Decree does not impose any particular form of notification.

    Who is affected?

    All foreign citizens and their employers.


    Best regards,
    INTERMARK IMMIGRATION TEAM

    Email: [email protected]

    Tel.: +7 (495) 502 95 53


  • 26 Jun 2020 2:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear Clients and Partners,

    In accordance with the governmental decree No. 1671-p dated 25 June 2020 foreign nationals employed in Russia as highly qualified specialists (HQS) may be allowed one time entry into Russia at the approval received from Russian state authorities.

    What are the changes?

    The exemptions from the current prohibition of entry into Russia for foreign nationals now extend to a new category – HQS employees who enter Russia one time based on state-approved lists.

    The following conditions apply:

    - The list of such employees with information on the date of entry and entry check point must be sent to the Federal Security Service and MIA of Russia by a federal executive authority (ministry) which supervises the industry of employer company’s activities;

    - The restrictions on issue of work permits and invitation letters via MIA of Russia as well as issue of visas by Russian consulates abroad will not apply to HQS employees who are included in the list and stay abroad;

    - Upon entering Russia such HQS employee must present, aside from passport and visa, a valid labour or services contract concluded with the Russian employer or customer.

    Intermark comments:

    Putting an HQS employee on the list will most likely require long and multi-stage approval procedure which will imply submitting a request from an employee company to the Russian ministry responsible for the industry of its activities, as well as receiving consequent approvals of the list by the FSS and MIA of Russia.

    The decree does not elaborate on the details of the process. We expect state authorities to provide additional clarifications on the course of actions for the employer companies.

    Upon entry into Russia the HQS employees will be subject to a 2-week home quarantine.

    We would also like to note that the decree does not provide for possibilities of entry into Russia for the dependents of HQS employees.

    Who is affected?

    Foreign nationals employed as HQS and their employers.


    Best regards,
    INTERMARK IMMIGRATION TEAM

    Email: [email protected]

    Tel.: +7 (495) 502 95 53

  • 24 Jun 2020 11:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear Canadians,

    If you are planning to travel to Canada, please find important information in the provided consular document. The full document is available at the following link: Government of Canada's Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA)

    Best Regards,

    CERBA

  • 22 Jun 2020 2:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Gowling WLG's global Life Sciences team has advised long-standing client AstraZeneca on a landmark collaboration agreement for the development and distribution of the University of Oxford's potential COVID-19 vaccine.

    Head of life sciences Patrick Duxbury and director Jenny Davies worked on the deal with AstraZeneca Assistant General Counsel, Corporate, Maryam Abdul-Kareem; finalising the terms of a deal first highlighted in the Prime Minister's COVID-19 briefing earlier this month.

    The arrangement will enable the two organisations to globally develop, manufacture and distribute the University's potential new recombinant adenovirus vaccine (known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19). The vaccine, being developed by the Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group at the University of Oxford, aims to prevent COVID-19 infection from SARS-CoV-2.

    Under the agreement, AstraZeneca will be responsible for development and worldwide manufacturing and distribution of the vaccine.

    Patrick Duxbury said: "We are excited to have played a part in advancing the development of this potential COVID-19 vaccine. We have worked with AstraZeneca for a number of years and so have an excellent understanding of the company, the team and the key considerations to address in order to get this deal done.

    "For obvious reasons the deal was completed in a very short time frame. Importantly, we worked closely with all parties concerned and drew on our international expertise in transactions like this to ensure the collaboration has the best foundation for, hopefully, ultimately bringing this vital vaccine to patients worldwide. It was a great team effort by everyone involved."

    The potential vaccine entered Phase I clinical in April. This phase focuses on studying safety and efficacy in healthy volunteers aged 18 to 55 years, across five trial centres in the South of England. The resulting data from this phase is expected shortly which, if positive, would lead to late-stage trials in a number of countries.

    AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of diseases in the areas of oncology, cardiovascular, renal & metabolism and respiratory & immunology. AstraZeneca operates in more than 100 countries and its medicines are used worldwide.

    Bristows LLP advised the University of Oxford.

    The collaboration between AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford is the latest in a number of significant pieces of COVID-19 related advice provided by Gowling WLG. Last month, its commercial contracts specialists also provided legal advice on a consortium agreement for the manufacture of ventilators for the NHS. Ventilator Challenge UK, a consortium of significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, has come together to produce medical ventilators for the UK. This type of commercial expertise and other insights are brought together in the firm's COVID-19 resource hub for clients.

    Gowling WLG's global Life Sciences team combines extensive sector expertise with full-service capability. Described as a "sterling commercial life sciences practice for complex licence, research and collaboration agreements" in Chambers UK 2020, the team is well-equipped to advise clients internationally. Clients range from global pharmaceutical companies and leading research and academic bodies, to small private companies and start-up businesses.

    Contact:

    Madina Assylbekova

    Director of Strategy and Business Development RUSSIA/CIS

    +7 495 775 4863

    [email protected]

    Full article is available at the following link: https://gowlingwlg.com/en/news/firm-news/2020/astrazeneca-and-university-of-oxford-collaboration/ 

  • 11 Jun 2020 10:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear Clients and Partners,

    We would like inform you that on 8 June 2020 the President of Russia signed a law on amendments to the legislation regulating the address registration in Russia. The changes will take effect on 7 September 2020.

    Which law introduces the changes?

    Federal law No. 182-FZ of 08.06.2020 "On amendments to the Federal law "On the migration registration of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Russian Federation"

    What are the changes?

    1. Foreign nationals who own a living premise in the territory of Russia may act as host parties for any other foreign nationals who actually dwell in this premise.

    Intermark: The foreign nationals’ new entitlement to register other foreign nationals in their own living premises is indisputably a positive novelty because it will allow such landlords to register family members or guests regardless of their own immigration status and should make it easier for them to lease such premises to other foreign nationals.

    2. Aside from already existing means of submitting the address registration application (at migration office in person or via MFC or via post office) the new law introduces a new option to submit it in electronic form via Public Services Portal.

    Intermark: Introduction of the electronic address registration option may simplify the registration process, though in practice this option may be implemented with delay and may be not applicable in certain situations. We will keep track of further clarifications received from the migration authorities.

    3. In case a foreign national’s host party owning a premise is a Russian national permanently residing outside Russia, a foreign national or a foreign organisation staying or located outside Russia then this foreign national is obliged to report their arrival to the migration office in person in order to perform their address registration. To this end, they will need to provide a notarised consent of the owner for their stay in the relevant premise. The form of consent is to be approved by the MIA of Russia.

    Intermark: Though the very possibility of performing the address registration in circumstances when the host party stays outside Russia is very topical, this new regulation provides only for in-person visits of foreign tenants to migration offices as a solution. In addition, it is unknown how the authorities will evaluate that a particular Russian landlord is “permanently residing outside Russia” – this depends, at least, on the landlord’s consent form that is yet to be approved.

    4. When registering upon arrival at a hotel or similar organisation (sanatorium, recreation centre etc.) foreign nationals will no longer be automatically de-registered from their previous place of stay provided that the latter was not another hotel or similar organisation.

    Intermark: This change may be deemed positive as long as it means that the host party is exempted from re-registering a foreign tenant upon their return to the previous place of stay after staying at a hotel. However, this will depend on how the migration authorities will construe this regulation in practice.

    5. The law provides that the residence registration for the holders of temporary or permanent residence permits, in addition to the option of visiting a migration office in person, is also available via Multifunctional centre or in electronic form.

    Intermark: This change may simplify the process of residence registration both for the foreign resident and for the landlord.

    Who is affected?

    Foreign nationals as well as companies or individuals who provide them with premises for actual dwelling


    Best regards,
    INTERMARK IMMIGRATION TEAM

    Email: [email protected]

    Tel.: +7 (495) 502 95 53

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