Bill abolishing need for labour patents for DPR, LPR residents submitted to Duma

The bill allowing residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics to come to Russia and work without a labour patent was submitted to the State Duma on Thursday. The document was placed to the Duma electronic database.

The authors of the initiative were members of the Federation Council from the Republic of Crimea Olga Kovitidi and Sergey Tsekov, along with deputies of the State Duma from this region Natalia Poklonskaya and Andrey Kozenko. In addition to them, MPs from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Kazbek Taisaev and Sergey Shargunov, as well as Alexey Zhuravlev, appear among the authors of the bill.

The developers remind that for the foreign citizens who arrived to the territory of the Russian Federation in an order that does not require a visa, there is a permissive procedure for carrying out the labour activity under the patent. At that, they note, a number of categories of foreign citizens have been legislatively established, having the right to work on an exceptional basis without a work permit or a labour patent: this category includes foreign citizens recognized as refugees and granted asylum on the territory of the Russian Federation.

"The draft law proposes to supplement the list of persons unburdoned with the need to obtain a work permit, or a labour patent, with the following category: foreign citizens who are citizens of Ukraine or stateless persons permanently residing in the territories of certain regions of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine," the explanatory note says.

"The resolution of this issue will also partially regulate the situation with the involvement of migrant workers in seasonal jobs, reducing the current shortage of personnel in the spa and tourist complex of the Republic of Crimea, and also reducing the number of irregular migrants who, due to the complexity and high cost of the procedure, often cannot get labour patents," the authors of the bill believe.

At the same time, the parliamentarians submitted to the lower chamber an accompanying bill, in which it is proposed to increase the duration of stay in Russia for this category of foreign citizens. This term, according to the developers, should be extended in run of the duration of the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of February 18, 2017, according to which "for the period before the political settlement of the situation in certain regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, documents of the DPR and the LPR inhabitants are valid on the basis of the Minsk agreements on the territory of Russia."

At the moment, senators and deputies pay attention to the fact that the legislation specifies that for citizens of countries that have a visa-free regime with Russia, the term of temporary stay in the Russian Federation "cannot exceed ninety days".

In case of violation of the indicated limit, according to them, measures of an administrative nature, including administrative expulsion from the country, are applied to the residents of the DPR and the LPR "on a par with other categories of migrants."

"The decision to extend the term of temporary stay of the above-mentioned category of citizens in the Russian Federation will solve a significant part of the problems currently faced by internally displaced persons and will become an additional signal to Russian compatriots living not only in Donbass and Ukraine, but in general for abroad," the parliamentarians say.

DONi News Agency