YEREVAN, February 14, /ARKA/. Svetlana Stepanova from the Russian embassy in Armenia, said today that some 130,000 citizens of Armenia have legal permits to work in the Russian Federation
Speaking at a news conference, Ms. Styepanova said Armenian citizens had been granted 37,200 labor permits and 92,500 labor patents in Russia last year.
The main difference between a work permit and a patent for the CIS citizens is that the permit allows labor migrants to be employed by companies , firms, enterprise and individual entrepreneurs, while a patent allows a foreigner to work only for individuals like gardeners , personal drivers, cooks , helpers , etc..
Asked to comment on a set of recent changes made to the Russian law on immigration she said Armenian citizens seeking jobs in Russia may buy labor patents at $30 per month within ten days. The patents are extended automatically.
Under the revised Russian law, citizens of some former Soviet republics, including from Armenia, have the right to remain in the territory of the Russian Federation without registration for only 90 days within every 180 days. This means that citizens of Armenia cannot continually live in Russia for at least six months.
With regard to work permits, she said the law now demands also that labor migrants provide a medical certificate that they are free from ‘socially dangerous diseases’ like AIDS. -0-