MOSCOW, July 27. /Basereporter.com/. A bill to impose mandatory accreditation for visa centers require technical changes on the part of companies, but might encourage the opening of these centres in the regions of Russia. This opinion was expressed by Basereporter.com Executive Director of the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze.
In the state Duma on 14 July, the members of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev and Oleg Morozov was introduced two related draft law. They propose to introduce the mandatory accreditation of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation of companies providing intermediary services in obtaining visas. To receive accreditation, visa application centre must meet certain criteria such as having at least 20 branches in different cities of the Russian Federation, to be certified for compliance with the law 152-FZ (the law on personal data), have experience more than 3 years, the share of foreign participation in the Charter capital of the operator must not be more than 20%.
On Thursday, the press Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry (PCT) Irina Tyurina said Basereporter.com that the introduction of compulsory accreditation could lead to the closure of visa application centres in Russia, because none of the existing operators does not correspond to those listed in the document criteria.
In turn Lomidze suggested Basereporter.com that the introduction of accreditation will hit the visa centers that do not have a contract with the consulates. However, she stressed that one of the points of the bill on mandatory accreditation includes the presence of visa application centres open branches in 20 cities. “I see this as a plus because we can be some of the visa centers of European countries in those cities where they still could not be opened, because the visa centre is a commercial company,” – said Lomidze in conversation with Basereporter.com.
According to her, earlier the company considered opening a centre in regions not cost-effective.
As reported earlier in the ATOR with reference to the lawyer’s office, documents submitted to the Duma by the end of the summer session, and until 27 August, work on the documents to be entered into. In terms of order of work with documents in the state Duma, we can assume that before the bill on first reading will be held meetings and workshops with interested market participants. Also in the process of working on the bill will be discussed and contents of legal acts, creation and changing of which will lead to the adoption of this bill.