In a surprise move, Russia may tighten visa rules for foreign workers. Former President Dmitry Medvedev claims the measure is being considered in response to law and order issues exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

He told a meeting in Moscow that the possibility of moving into the system favored in Saudi Arabia, in which the company is fully responsible for labour migrants, is being discussed.

“[The expert community] suggests changing the arrangement of entrance for migrant workers to Russia,” Medvedev explainedthe TASS news agency reported. “This usually means giving such consent to a foreign citizen just in the case of an unequivocal proof of his job from an employer.

Now Deputy Chairman of the Security Council, Medvedev added that study to just how this could work in Russia is currently being carried out by experts in the field. According to the specialists, it’s essential to consider the experience of other states.

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“In Arab states … the company assumes full responsibility for the actions of a foreign citizen they hire,” Medvedev elaborated. “This really is a strict measure, but, yet, it maybe has to be discussed.

According to the Interior Ministry, public order offences by overseas citizens working in Russia were recorded at July in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg and Murmansk and the Amur Region. “This, of course, is a reason behind the leaders of these regions to think about implementing additional steps,” Medvedev said.

Many migrant workers in Russia lost their jobs during the pandemic lockdown and so were not able to return home, as a result of closure of nearly all global transit routes.

Former President Dmitry Medvedev claims that the measure is being considered in response to law and order issues exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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