The Republic of Belarus, previously part of the Soviet Union, is now a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
A landlocked country, it is bordered to the east by Russia, to the south by Ukraine, to the west by Poland and to the north by Lithuania and Latvia. Belarus has a generally flat terrain with many forests, lakes, andlarge tracts of marshy land. The southern land is covered by the Pripyat Marshes, the largest marshland in Europe. The Chernobyl disaster (April 1986) had an enormous impact on Belarus as the majority of the radioactive gases and particles released in the accident were carried by the wind to Belarus, affecting at least one quarter of the country. While the wildlife in the marshes has been severely affected by nuclear radiation more than any other area in Eastern Europe, the forests in the northern areas of Belarus have not been severely affected.
Throughout history, Belarusian has been under foreign rule of the Kievan Rus, Polish-Lithunian Grand Duchy and Russian Empires. It was during these periods that Belarus developed most of its modern cultural elements, including the Belarusian language. Belarus was established in 1919 as the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR), which in 1922 became one of the four founding republics of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Occupied by the Germans during World War II, Belarus was one of the most devastated areas of the USSR. The Capital Minsk was entirely destroyed during World War II, and was rebuilt under the orders of Stalin.
Belarus was a member of the Soviet Union until 1991, when it declared itself Independent from the Russian Federation, given the general trend among the Soviet Republics. However, Belarus was functioning well as a Soviet state, and its people were disappointed when the nation declared sovereignty. Belarus and Russia signed a Treaty on the Formation of a Communityon in 1999, and as of 2005, there appears to be a movement in Belarus towards reuniting with Russia.
Belarus is known also for its culture of fine arts. Popular art forms in Belarus include dance, fine arts, folk music and puppetry. Ballet, opera, and theater, are popular in urban areas. Modern artists born in Belarus include Marc Chagall and Pinchus Kremegne.
The reconstruction that took place in Belarus after WWII brought relative prosperity to the Soviet Republic, within the USSR, Belarus was one of the industrially most developed republics and major manufacturing center.
The creation of heavy industry and mechanical engineering significantly strengthened the country’s development.
Today, Belarus is one of the very few state-capitalistic national economies remaining, as the Belarusian economy remains about 80% state-controlled, as it has been since Soviet times. The country is somewhat economically stable, but depends to a large extent from Russia.
Economically, Belarus engaged itself in the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Economic Community and Union with Russia. After 1990, with the introduction of free market structures into the former Soviet Union, Belarus has experienced economic hardship, and plunges in industrial production. However, economic growth returned and in 2001, Belarus was reached high levels of industrial production and agricultural production, and there is room for growth in trade, tourism and service. Belarus is considered to have one of the highest standard of living of all the CIS states.
Belarus is favorably situated from an economic, geographical and geopolitical viewpoint in the eastern part of Europe. The Republic is located at the junction of rail and road routes, oil, gas and commodity pipelines, and communications systems linking Western Europe with Russia and Asia.
The priority of the state economic policy of Belarus is the creation of a favourable investment climate for attraction and effective use of foreign investments. Some of the sectors interesting to foreign investments are machine engineering, chemicals and petrochemicals, consumer goods industry, food, livestock rearing, and agriculture.
Belarus boasts a highly qualified and relatively cheap labor force, with sound technical skills and experience working at modern enterprises. Belarusians are recognized as hardworking, industrious and patient people. Belarus has one of the highest literacy rates in the world, as more than 99 percent of adult Belarusians are literate, many in more than one language.
Basically Belarus is a safe place and locals are usually friendly and helpful, but language problems may arise even though most people study English at school. Minsk, the capital city, provides more facilities, and there are Internet cafes which provide cheap, but usually slow Internet access. Many postal offices offer Internet services.
Historically, Belarus was referred to in English as “White Russia”. In English the use of White Russia to refer to Belarus is dated, however many other languages continue to use a literal translation of White Russia to refer to Belarus. Because of its association with perceived Russian and Soviet imperialism, some people in Belarus consider the name derogatory.
Prepare and Plan Visit
In this initial contact the Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee, introducing destination services commissioned, and provide access codes to EMC Network on-line City-Specific Resource Guides. In addition, the Relocation Coordinator will help the Transferee assess personal and family’s housing needs, as well as their hopes and plans for the sojourn in your new destination. The Transferee will be asked to fill out a Personal Needs Analysis Form, which will enable customized service delivery. After gaining a sense of the Transferee’s needs, the Relocation Coordinator will arrange appointments with schools and real estate agents, an appointment will be set up with one of the Local Counsellors for a city briefing and a programme will be finalised for accompanied property and school viewings.
Airport Pickup and Greeting The Transferee and family will be met at the airport by a Local Counsellor and accompanied to designated hotel.
Destination Country and City Information
The Transferee will be given a briefing on the local city and life in your new destination in general, and will be encouraged to ask any questions. An Information Pack on the destination city will be provided. This Pack includes an information sheet with the EMC Network office and Local Counsellor contact information and emergency telephone numbers. Further, it includes a city and transport map as well as a hard copy of EMC Network own City-Specific Resource Guide, which contains a wealth of information such as telephone access codes, English-speaking doctors and expatriate clubs. When available, a copy of the English Yellow Pages, local English language periodicals and other relevant information will also be included in the Information Pack.
City by Zone Tour
The purpose of this tour is to familiarise the Transferee with selected areas of the city and type of housing and amenities available, in order to be better prepared to select the neighbourhood most suitable for personal and family needs. The City By Zone Tour is often delivered in conjunction with a house hunting programme.
International Schooling The Transferee will be briefed on educational opportunities in the area. The Relocation Coordinator will schedule appointments at the selected schools, and the Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged appointments although the appointments will be privately held between the Transferee and school administrators. Where possible, the Relocation Coordinator will organise enrolment procedure and arrange for company invoicing.
Full-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to eight properties.
Two-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to fifteen properties.
Lease Negotiation After the Transferee has selected a property, the Relocation Coordinator will negotiate lease conditions with the real estate agency or landlord according to The national destination law. EMC Network coordinator will prepare a contract that ensures legal protection for the client. Particular attention is given to include a break clause, as international assignments often change in duration and the aim is to give maximum flexibility within the limits of the national destination law.
Property Inspection and Inventory Once the lease has been signed, a thorough property inspection is taken in the presence of the Transferee. This includes an inventory of any furnishings, general condition of the property, and meter readings for utility contracts.
Utility Connections, Phone Line and Bank Account The Relocation Coordinator will arrange all utility and telephone connections, and a Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to open a bank account in the selected area.
Settling-In Assistance The Local Counsellor will spend time with the Transferee and family, assisting with requested elements of the relocation process, such as arranging language training, obtaining a satellite decoder or internet service provider, shopping for furniture or securing house contents insurance. Duration of this service depends on various company authorizations.
Car Purchase or Lease The Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee on the logistics of making an automobile purchase and will research reputable dealers in the area. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to dealers and act as a translator. Once the Transferee has made the selection, EMC Network will take care of necessary documentation including insurance cover. For long-term rental EMC Network will advise local availability of this service.
If the Transferee requests, and is eligible, the Local Counsellor will assist with National Health Registration. City hall registration is a separate service and if authorizied, EMC Network will assist with the whole bureaucratic procedure at the relative cityhall.
Ongoing Phone Support The EMC Network support Helpline is available to all Transferees for 90 days from date of property contract signing. Extensions to this Helpline can be added in periods of three months.
Car Importation Importation of car to your new destination, including full document assistance and re-registration with Vehicle registry.
Full Assignment Tracking Full tracking of all deadlines throughout duration of the Transferees international assignment, notification given of all scheduled renewal dates, such as housing contracts, Permit of Stay and Work Permits. Ad Hoc Services Service rendered both from back and front office is available on an hourly and daily basis.
Immigration procedures and requirements vary greatly from country to country. Documents requested from applicants depend on the citizenship of the individual applying and the status he wishes to obtain in the destination country, be it authorisation to work, authorisation for accompanying family members, tourist or study visas, temporary or permanent residency status.
• Emc Network has been selected by many International Law and Immigration Firms as well as Global Relocation Companies to represent them exclusively for immigration
• We work closely with the relevant governmental and police authorities in each country
• Our Immigration Team are experts in immigration laws and keep abreast of changing requirements and procedures
• We prepare all documentation for HR, all you have to do is print out and sign
• We inform the Transferee which specific documents are required , which translations must be obtained and if these must be legalised
• We provide HR and Transferees with information on the process flow, timing and specific legal requirements of each destination
• We update all parties involved regularly as to the status of the application
• Whenever possible, we act with a Power of Attorney on behalf of the company and the Transferee; when the Transferee’s presence is required, he will be accompanied to the relevant office in the destination city
• Our Local Counsellors, residents and locals of the destination city, are able to present the all prepared documentation to the relevant offices in person; thus speeding up the process and ensuring an efficient service
For more info about our immigration services in Belarus please contact our marketing department at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minsk is the capital and biggest city of Belarus. It is situated on the Svislach and Niamiha rivers. From 1919-1991 it was the capital of the Former Byelorussian SSR. It is also the capital of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
The city was 80% destroyed during World War II and as such was rebuilt in the 1950s to the liking of Stalin. Large Soviet-Bloc style buildings make up a large portion of the city. For this reason Minsk is a wonderful place to visit for those interested in the Soviet Union and are interested in seeing it almost alive.
Modern Minsk is symmetrically designed with wide embankmentsflanking the Svisloch River. At the end of the XVIII century Minsk was divided into the upper town, the present liberty square, and the Lower town, the present Nemiga Street, Rakovskoe suburb and Masherov Avenue.
Most properties on the rental market are furnished – although not to the standard that expatriates would be accustomed to.
There is not very much flexibility, but it is always worth trying during negotiation phase.
This depends on the Relocation Package you have; Our Basic Package includes 8 properties and our Standard Package includes 15 properties. You will be told at the outset how many properties you will be shown or how much time you have available to do the house hunting. The properties provided will be as close to your ‘Needs Analysis’ description as possible according to what is available on the market at the time.
A holding deposit is not usually required to secure a property, but this depends on the requests of the landlord in question.
There is the initial rental fee ( usually of one month ) and usually a real estate agency fee which is either a flat fee or one months rent in the case of longer term rentals.
When the selected property is in a condominium with other properties, a monthly fee is required for maintenance and lighting of common area.
Once a suitable property is identified, a lease agreement is signed between both parties and payment is made.
A security deposit is not usually required. In cases where a deposit is required, it will be returned provided the property is returned in the same state as it was in when consigned, normal wear and tear taken into consideration. This matter would be specified in the lease contract.
It is up to the tenant to keep the property in the same state as when it was consigned , so minor repairs are the responsibility of the tenant, any major works are the responsibility of the landlord.
Only with the landlords written permission.
It is most often possible to negotiate a break clause in a longer term lease as most properties in the Minsk area are rented for short term periods (daily, weekly or monthly) therefore for a longer term lease negotiation of price is required and usually a break clause can be inserted in the lease, with at least one months notice.
Utilities to be paid for are gas, electricity, water and telephone.
Bills are sent to the property in the name of the landlord every month.
Telephone contracts are kept in the name of the Landlord nearly all cases.
Yes. This is available.
A Telephone line can only be installed in the name of the owner of the property.
Usually 2 – 3 weeks from the time of application, but this depends on the area.
Telephone bills arrive monthly to the property (in the name of the landlord).
A foreigner can drive with their own license for up to 3 months , in the case of some licenses an International License with a legal translation is required.
A foreign registered car can be driven for up to 3 months and thereafter custom duties should be paid and the vehicle should be registered with the local authorities. Taking the vehicle out of the country and re-entering will ‘ reset’ the 180 day period but for foreigners with residency permits, local registration is required.
A foreigner can purchase a vehicle only after obtaining a residency permit.
Foreigners wishing to work in Belarus do not formally require a Work Permit but a Temporary Residence Permit for work reasons.
No, you can enter Belarus with a visitor’s visa (up to 90 days) and apply for Temporary Residence Permit after arrival.
Your family members are eligible to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit too.
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* Quality control guarantee: Head Office directs all relocations and immigrations in every destination.
* All staff required to attend on-going training sessions and workshops to keep updated as to global mobility needs.
* No language barriers – Assistance provided in all major European languages and many others.
* Corporate consultation with HTLC Network’s’ Representatives at location of choice.
* HTLC Network own ‘Resource Guides’ providing a wealth of everyday information for expatlife in destination city.
* Comprehensive FAQs for each country serviced.
* Red Alert List to prepare for the specific challenges of each destination.
* Extra ‘Safety’ section in Resource Guides for countries posing specific security threats.
* 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Transferees throughout the duration of the relocation.
* Complimentary 3-month Helpline.
HTLC Network will prepare all the necessary paperwork, email it to the Company and direct as to how the various documents are to be printed out and signed. We will send one of our Local Counsellors with Power of Attorney (Delega) to act on behalf of the individual and company.
When the Transferee has to be present to apply for a document, he will be accompanied by our Local Counsellor.
When all paper work has been prepared, approved and signed by the relevant companies, it can take 6-8 weeks during which time Italian law states that the expatriate must not be in Italy.
During HTLC Network’ initial teleconference with the client we go through an in-depth ‘Needs Analysis’ which can include Housing Budget variables for the Destination City. HTLC Network will work with the Company to ensure the workforce locate properties of a suitable standard within the parameters set by corporate policy.
Legally, yes, as long as it can be proved that the individual who signs the contract has the legal right to sign as a representative of the Company. Many landlords however, will not accept this as it is harder to take a foreign Company to court should there be any missing rent payments or problems. As landlord’s rarely accept a foreign Company signing the lease, it is usually signed by the local company that is VAT registered in Italy.
HTLC Network will prepare the contract in the name of a legal representative of the Company. We require full data of the individual, a photocopy of his/her passport ID pages and a document demonstrating position within the Company.
The prepared contract will be emailed to the appropriate Company contact and instructions will be given on how it is to be printed out and signed. Once signed, one of HTLC Network’ Local Counsellors will collect the contract and deliver it to the real estate agent for the signature of the landlord. A signed copy will be returned to the Company whilst the three copies of the contract are being registered, thereafter a registered copy will be delivered.
Arrangements will be made to take a thorough inventory in the presence of the tenant and landlord.
For the presentation of document application, it varies from city to city. Wherever possible HTLC Network will prepare power of attorney (Delega) in order for a Local Counsellor to act on behalf of the Transferee and family.
To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.
All Local Counsellors are really ‘local’ to the area where they assist Transferees. They are selected for their good knowledge of their city area.
All Local Counsellors are trained by HTLC Network to follow our set pattern of delivering services using an in-house ‘Training and Operations Manual’.
All Local Counsellors are closely directed by Office Coordinators, ensuring a consistent standard of service is delivered.
All relocations are handled by the same system of centralisation. When required, we arrange for a member of our office team to go to the location of a group move to be an in-house Coordinator, working from the Client Company’s premises as a point of reference for HR, Transferees and their families.
In main centres we have several Local Counsellors.
HTLC Network aims to equip your workforce to settle into their new environment as soon as possible. Upon arrival they are presented with a local Information Pack. They are given access to our on-line City Specific Resource Guides that provide general local information as well as specific local information once a suitable property has been located.
We have a 24hour emergency helpline throughout the duration of the relocation. We provide a 90 day complimentary phone line that can be extended throughout the duration of the assignment.
Our aim is to teach the Transferee how to live in his new city and to equip him to be as independent as possible.
Photogallery – Belarus
Area: 207,600 sq km
Time Zone: GMT + 2
Capital city: Minsk
Bordering countries: Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia
Climate: cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime
Legislative Branch: bicameral National Assembly National Holiday: 15 March, 3 July
Currency: Belarusian Rouble (BR)
Population: 10,3 million
Religion: Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Languages: Belarusian and Russian
Ethnic groups: Belarusian majority with a large Russian community and smaller Polish and Ukrainian groups.