Can a foreign citizen be registered as an individual entrepreneur?
Foreign citizens have the same legal capacity as citizens of the Russian Federation. Therefore foreign citizens have a right to manage a business in the territory of the Russian Federation and be registered as individual entrepreneurs.
This conclusion is confirmed also by judicial practice. For example, Federal Arbitration Court of Far Eastern district indicated in Determination as of 27.01.2003 No FOZ-A04/02-2/2865 that denial in registration of foreign citizens as individual entrepreneurs by reason of absence of permanent residence in the Russian Federation is contradictory to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. In opinion of the Court it is connected with the fact that this denial restricts the rights of foreign citizens for their business realization in the territory of the Russian Federation. Federal Arbitration Court of Volgo-Vyatka district also pointed out in Determination as of 23.06.2003 No A11-7159/2002-K2-E-2844/134 the illegality of administration argument that foreign citizen who doesn’t have permanent residence in the territory of the Russian Federation and residence permit, can’t be registered as entrepreneur.
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