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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Migration Service Returns To Simplified Visa Policy

The Federal Migration Service has agreed to resume a policy of issuing work permits and visas to foreigners in one procedure after it ended the practice last month, requiring companies to engage in extra rounds of tedious application work, foreign business organizations said Thursday.

The service has vowed that the so-called "one window" service will resume as of March 1, the American Chamber of Commerce and the Association of European Business said in separate statements.

The one window policy in question applies only to AmCham and AEB member companies.

The promise was made by migration service head Konstantin Romodanovsky during a meeting with AmCham president Andrew Somers and AEB head Frank Schauff, the statements said.

Migration service spokesman Konstantin Poltoranin confirmed to The Moscow Times on Thursday that the meeting with Romodanovsky had taken place. He denied, however, that the one window policy had ever been scrapped.

Instead, Poltoranin said, there had been problems with determining companies' membership in the organizations. "These misunderstandings are now solved," he said.

EU diplomats had said earlier this week that the dispute should be raised during talks between EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, which are scheduled for Friday in Moscow.

"In principle, the item is off," a spokesman for the EU delegation said Thursday.