- Country Name: Russian Federation
- Capital: Moscow
- Population: 144,192,450 (2015 estimate)
- Language: Russian
- Time Zone: UTC+2 to +12
- Dialing Code: +7
- Currency: Russian Ruble (RUB)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Russia. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
Industrial production in Russia is strong and Producing, refining and trading natural resources is also an important source of income for the country.
As the world’s third largest exporter of steel, and second-largest producer and exporter of natural gas and the largest producer of oil, expats are attracted to opportunities in those industries.
Furthermore, there is a steady need for construction and renovation in Russia, especially in cosmopolitan cities such as Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
There are four types of work permit for Russia:
Highly Skilled Worker Work Permit – for employees earning at least 167 000 rubles per month, which is approximately 2 million rubles per year in Russia, provided the Russian employer is willing and able to meet certain criteria
Work Permit and Accreditation Card (Rep Office) – for foreign nationals (except visa waiver nationals) going to a Representative (Rep) Office in Russia. These offices are not considered independent legal entities, but have the right to carry out limited activities on behalf of the foreign company
Standard Work Permit (Ltd or Branch Office) – Standard work permit process for foreign nationals (except visa waiver nationals) in Russia fro those earning less than 2 million roubles
Technical Support Visa (under 90 days) – where the assignee is being sent to fulfil foreign contractual obligations for technical support or installation of equipment to a Russian client company and An existing service agreement or purchase order is in place
Business visitors can be granted a Business Visa with single, double or multiple entry, which is for a foreign national seeking to enter Russia temporarily for permitted business activities.
Processes and requirements will vary slightly according to the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We therefore recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
However, the general process involves: contract notification to the Federal Migration Service, labour market test to prove no locals are suitable for the job, company work permit application, business visa application, immigration medical, Personal Work Permit application, entry visa application, and ongoing in-country registration requirement.
Note that nationals of CIS countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan) do not require an entry visa and the work permit application can be filed in country.
Requirements will vary according to type of work permit, country of application, and nationality of the applicant and any dependants.
Applicants will be required to submit a variety of personal documents to support the application which include, but are not limited to: passport, medical test results, degree certificate, negative HIV test result legalized birth and marriage certificates dependants ; as well as a variety of corporate documents which may include: employment contract, the company tax certificates, company registration certificates, company charter, foundation contract, founders meeting protocol, passport copy of General/Managing Director and company support letters
Some personal documents will also need to be legalised prior to submission.
Some documents will also need to be translated. Newland Chase can assist with this.
Note that a number of Russian company documents need to be notarised.
Highly Skilled Worker Work Permit – Generally issued for an initial period of up to 3 years and is renewable
Work Permit and Accreditation Card (Rep Office) – Generally issued for an initial period of up to 12 months and is renewable
Standard Work Permit (Ltd or Branch Office) – Generally issued for an initial period of up to 12 months and is renewable
Technical Support Visa (under 90 days) – Issued for up to 90 days
It is strictly prohibited to carry out any work on a business or tourist visa. Therefore, while there is nothing to stop you from looking for jobs, you would not be able to commence any form of employment until you have acquired the appropriate work authorisation which required you to return to your country of residence.
Assignees can apply for a full Residence Permit after legally residing in Russia for 1 year. A full Residence Permit, is issued for 5 years and can be extended.
Requirements are subject to change and the application process will vary depending on visa type, country of application, nationality and personal circumstances, As such we advise consult with your Newland Chase Immigration Advisor for current and detailed information.
Some supporting documentation will require legalisation, which, depending on the country of origin, may take several weeks. Medical test may also take some time to arrange.
It should also be pointed out that prior to commencing the procedure for the actual Work Permit, the company must first be registered with the Federal Migration Service Department of Moscow, and this takes around 30 calendar days.
As such, it is important to ensure that the immigration part of the relocation process is started as early as possible and this must be well in advance of your actual assignment date to Russia.