Russia simplifies work permit for foreigners

19:12, May 20, 2010      

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had signed a federal decree on the legal status of foreigners in Russia, simplifying procedures for work permits, the Kremlin announced Thursday.

Foreign employees will reportedly receive a special document-patent, confirming their rights for work. The decree also promised favorable terms of taxation.

The document has already been approved by both houses of the Russian parliament.

Medvedev said on May 14, when meeting the head of the Federal Migration Service, that foreign scientists should be granted simplified immigration requirements, because attracting overseas scientists was a "crucial condition" for successful development of Russia's hi-tech clusters.

Earlier, Russian authorities approved the amendments to the national immigration regulations, which eased the terms of entry for qualified foreigners.

In order to transform its energy-dominated economy by boosting innovation, Medvedev announced last May he would form and personally supervise a committee in charge of economic modernization and technical development.

In Nov. 2008, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin endorsed a long-term development blueprint for Russia's social economy before 2020.

According to the blueprint, Russia will create conditions for economic transformation by 2012, and develop creative economy from 2012 to 2020.

Source: Xinhua


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