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Blog "Русская эмиграция 🇷🇺"

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Representatives of United Russia in the State Duma of the Russian Federation proposed to tighten the rules for Russian citizens to leave the country, and voted to amend the law on entry and exit , according to which all foreign companies managing visa centers are required to receive accreditation from the Russian Foreign Ministry. Let me remind you that in the distant 90s, the right to leave could be obtained in the only visa office for the whole country, and the process was reminiscent of "walking around."

Companies providing services for visa applications, now in the Russian Federation only 6 and the most famous of them Pony Express. Most likely, such an innovation will lead to the closure of all visa centers in the country and our citizens will be able to go abroad only with the permission of the Russian authorities.

According to the draft law, foreign companies must fulfill a number of conditions in order to receive accreditation:

  • have branches in 20 cities of the Russian Federation;
  • obtain special permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the processing of personal data;
  • engage in visa activity for at least three years;
  • the share of foreign investment in the capital of the visa broker should not be more than 20%.

According to the representative of the Russian tourism industry Irina Tyurina, at the moment none of the existing visa centers are able to fulfill these excessive demands. And it is unlikely that foreign companies will spend their resources on achieving the unattainable, it will be easier for them to close existing offices and stop providing visa services.

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