What is a Highly Qualified Specialist?

Highly Qualified Specialists (“HQS”) are foreign employees entering Russia on a visa basis and/or entering Russia on a non-visa basis (excluding citizens of the Republics of Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) whose income in Russia makes them eligible for the privileged status of “Highly Qualified Specialist”. HQS status is available to foreign employees earning a salary of at least 167,000 RUB (about USD 2,450) per month (the employer must inform the immigration authorities about payments made to HQS on a quarterly basis). HQS employees work in Russia on the basis of their personal HQS work permits while their employers do not need to formalise employment permits.