Russia to ease visa requirements for foreign professionals - Kremlin aide

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Russia plans to take a number of steps to ease visa requirements for high-profile foreign professionals who work in the country, presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich said on Friday.

Russia plans to take a number of steps to ease visa requirements for high-profile foreign professionals who work in the country, presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich said on Friday.

Earlier, Federal Migration Service head Konstantin Romodanovsky said that about 20,000 high-profile foreign professionals and researchers come to Russia annually, while the Kremlin needs some 46,000 skilled foreigners a year to implement its ambitious modernization plans.

"The first [step] includes easing the visa regime not only for specialists themselves, but also for their families," Dvorkovich said.

"The second is a radical easing of requirements related to migration registration," he continued.

Special visa and migration rules will be introduced for foreign specialists with an annual salary of more than 2 million rubles ($64,000).

Foreigners who graduated from a Russian institute of higher education will obtain work permits more easily, Dvorkovich said.

MOSCOW, November 26 (RIA Novosti) 

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