Starting January 9, 2014, The Moscow Department of the Federal Migration Service announced new set of changes tightening rules for work permits for those arriving from visa-free countries.
The Moscow Department of the FMS refined its internal automated system, bringing it into accordance with requirements of Article 18, Paragraph 9, Subparagraph 13 of Federal Law #115 “On Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in Russian Federation” from May 27, 2002.
This amendment to Federal Law #115 was introduced by Federal Law #86 on May 19, 2010, but its application was sporadic.
According to these changes, work permits previously issued to foreign citizens from visa-free countries will be cancelled if the holder did not enter into a new labor or civil contract within 15 days after the previous contract was cancelled and the new employer did not notify the FMS of the new employment.
At the same time, the previous requirement to notify FMS of hiring a foreign employee within three work days after signing an employment contract is still in effect.