February 14, 2014 - 19:00 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Russia banned entry to 31,5 thous. Armenians as of February 10, a migration policy officer at the Russian embassy in Armenia said.
According to Svetlana Stepanova, the figure includes 23,4 thous. Armenians banned from Russia in 2013 and 8,1 thous. this year.
“170 thous. more are included in the risk group,” Stepanova said. “These are the citizens who’ve exceeded the allowed duration of stay, haven’t received a work permit, and continue living in Russia. Once they cross the border, their entry to Russia will be automatically prohibited,” she added.
According to Stepanova, 464 thous. foreigners were blacklisted by Russian migration authorities, 422 thous. of them CIS citizens. A total of 573 thous. people were on the blacklist as of February 2014.
A total of 670 thous. Armenian citizens traveled to Russia in 2013, up 20% from a year earlier period (540 thous.) The number of Armenian nationals officially employed in Russia grossed 130 thous. in 2013, up 4% from the 2012 data.
In early 2014, amendment to the laws on entry and exit from Russia and legal status of foreign citizens in Russia became effective, permitting a 90 day visa-free stay during each period of 180 days.
According to Stepanova, the embassy briefing aims to familiarize Armenian population with the amendments to the laws. “After the period of 90 days the visitor should be registered, receive a work permit or a patent. The rule doesn’t cover students or those undergoing treatment in Russia. Should a foreigner fail to meet the demands, he must leave the country and is allowed to return only after 180 days. If the permitted period was exceeded, the foreigner will be denied entry into Russia for a period of three or five years from the date of departure from Russia,” she noted.