What are the work permit requirements in Russia?

Work permit requirements shall apply only to HQS and regular foreign employee entering Russia on a visa basis. Under Russian immigration law, these categories of employees have the right to work in Russia only if they hold individual work permits. Also, as it is worth noting that employers of regular foreign employees entering Russia on a visa basis must obtain employment permits (i.e. have permission to employ foreign personnel).

4 Employee Categories for Russian Work Permits

  1. Regular foreign employees with visa. 
  2. Regular foreign employees, non-visa.
  3. Foreign employees from Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) countries.
  4. Highly qualified specialists (HQS). 

Learn more about these employment categories, and how foreign workers can obtain a work permit in Russia.

Employment and work permits are generally issued for one year and specify a particular Russian region. An HQS work permit shall be generally issued for three years and may be valid for several Russian regions. Work permits require reapplication upon expiration. Contact our Russian business attorneys for more information.