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Russia softens visa norms for skilled foreigners

The new law lowers taxes for foreign specialists and simplifies the complex process of obtaining work permits, creating more attractive environment for highly-qualified specialists.The law also regulates employment rules for workers from countries with which Russia has a visa-free travel regime.

world Updated: May 20, 2010 22:23 IST

Obtaining work permits will be easier for skilled foreign professionals in Russia, according to a new law amendments signed by President Dmitry Medvedev, the Kremlin said Thursday.

The new law lowers taxes for foreign specialists and simplifies the complex process of obtaining work permits, creating more attractive environment for highly-qualified specialists, it said.

The law also regulates employment rules for workers from countries with which Russia has a visa-free travel regime.

Russians will be allowed to employ foreigners "for private, household and other needs that are not connected with entrepreneurial business." Such foreigners will need to have a special license to work in Russia for which they will have to pay a monthly advance payment of 1,000 rubles ($33).

The amendments were already approved by the Russian parliament.