Foreign employees from the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, HQS and regular foreign employees entering Russia on a non-visa basis are exempt from the quota system and can be hired even if the given year’s quota has already been met. Regular foreign employees entering Russia on a visa basis are generally formalised within the quota annually approved by the Russian Government.
Companies intending to hire foreigners must submit a request for a quota every year before the respective deadline set in the region where the foreigner will be working. Failure to apply for a quota in a timely fashion may result in significant difficulties in employing foreign nationals. The Russian government issues a list of professions not exempt from quotas every year. The list usually includes senior management of Russian companies and branches/ representative offices, as well as less common professions such as IT security specialists or engineers.