Armenia, Russia to ease mutual visits

Armenia, Russia to ease mutual visits

YEREVAN, July 4. /ARKA/. Armenia and Russia will ease the procedures for mutual visits of citizens and labor migrants, head of Armenia’s state migration service Gagik Yeganyan said after the government meeting on Thursday.

At its Thursday’s sitting the government agreed to sign two agreements easing the stay and employment of Armenian migrants in the territory of the Russian Federation. In particular,

Under the first agreement, citizens are allowed to get registered in the country of stay within 30 days (compared to 7 days now), and negative consequences may arise only after that, Yeganyan said.

According to the head of the service, the second agreement deals with more important issues. In particular, it enables citizens of the countries to work in both Armenia and Russia without an additional permit, whereas now they are required to apply to the respective bodies, collect documents, to pay dues and to get an answer within some time – positive or negative.

Stay of the labor migrant and his family in Russia is considered legitimate during the entire period of the employment contract.

Inter-state coordination on the issue is now over in Armenia, but is still under way in Russia, Yeganyan said.

After ratification of the agreements by the countries’ parliaments Armenian labor migrants will get the same rights in Russia as migrants from Belarus and Kazakhstan. Docuemnts are expected to be approved before Armenia’s official accession to the Customs Union is over.

According to Russian migration service, there were 502,994 Armenian citizens in Russia as of the end of May 2014 and 677,000 Armenian citizens in 2013. Most of them stay in Moscow, Vladikavkaz and Krasnodar region.

Armenian labor migrants transferred to the country $1.2bln in 2011, $1.4bln in 2012 and $1.8bln in 2013. –0--.

12:46 04.07.2014

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