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Extension of a work permit

If a foreign citizen works in Russia and has a valid work permit, which expires soon, it can be renewed without them having to leave the country. This procedure differs from the initial receipt of a work permit: for example, different documents will be required from the employee, and the employer will not need to issue a work invitation and get registered with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Our qualified specialists will help to prepare and submit the documents for the renewal of a work permit to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which will allow to extend the work visa for a foreign employee in the future without any problems.

A work visa can be extended only after the extension of a work permit. It is important to start the procedure in advance by leaving enough time for each step. If you do not have time to extend these documents, a foreigner will have to leave Russia and go through the whole procedure again.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs establishes certain deadlines for applying for the renewal of a work permit. If you don’t do it on time, the documents will not be accepted. If you do not meet the deadlines, consult with Travelmart managers. We have the opportunity to speed up some procedures in order to give you more time to get the new documents before the work permit and visa permit has expired.

If the application is done without errors, a full package of documents is submitted, and the deadlines are not violated, the request for extension will be granted.

Conditions for extending a work permit are different for the two categories of foreign workers: highly qualified specialists and all others employed through a quota or above it.

Extension of a work permit for highly qualified specialists

The cost of a work permit for highly qualified specialists:
Basic services Time Cost
Work permit for citizens from the countries with low risk of immigration 14 business days 19000a/human
for citizens from the countries with high immigration risk 14 business days 29000a/human

* Stamp duty for a work permit of 3500a is paid separately.

* The price includes the notification of employment and support HQs for personal work permit.

Accreditation of the company in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and a work invitation 14 business days 20000a/human
Visa extension without leaving Russia 20 business days 20000a/human
Additional services Time Cost
Invitations for accompanying family members 3 weeks 17500a/human
Salary notice 2-3 days 3500a/human
Notice of early termination of an employment contract 2-3 days 3500a/human
Obtaining a TIN Certificate 6 business days 4500a/human
Notarized translation of the passport front page 2-3 business days 1200a/human
VHI policy 2-3 business days 1 year 4000a/human

2 years 8000a/human

3 years 12000a/human

Travelmart provides services only to legal entities registered in Moscow or the Moscow region.

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Extension terms

Extending a work permit for a highly qualified specialist is simpler and faster than for quota and above quota employees. There are no additional requirements and restrictions for the employees, in addition to the standard conditions for obtaining the permit. It is only important to submit the documents on time before the visa has expired.

A work permit for highly qualified specialists can be renewed an unlimited number of times, but for not more than 3 years each time.

Extension terms

The best time for submission of the documents for the renewal of a work permit for highly qualified specialists is 1.5-2 months before the visa expiration. A work permit is issued within 14 working days, and the visa extension procedure takes 20 working days. In addition, by law, the documents for the renewal of a work permit are accepted no later than 30 calendar days before the expiration of the previous permit.

Documents for extension

To extend a work permit, a highly qualified specialist needs to submit several additional documents: for example, a 2-NDFL certificate of income for the entire term of the previous permit and a health insurance contract.

Read more about the procedure of employing highly qualified specialists to work in Russia in the section "How to hire a highly qualified specialist ."

Extension of a work permit for quota and above quota employees

The cost of hiring a foreign employee for a quota position:
Service Time Cost
Stage 1. Application at the employment centre 30 days 10000a – Moscow
13000a - Moscow region
Stage 2. Getting a permission to attract foreign labour * 30 days 9000a/human
Stage 3. Work permit (plastic) ** 14 working days 9500a/human
Stage 4. Accreditation of the company in the Ministry of Internal Affairs 1 day 5000a
Stage 5. Single-entry Work Visa Invitation 12 working days 12500a/human
Stage 6. Extending a visa into a multiple-entry work visa 20 working days 9500a/human
Notice of a conclusion or early termination of the employment contract 2-3 working days 3500a/human

* The state duty for a permission to attract foreign labour is extra 10000a
** The state duty for the work permit is extra 3500a

Travelmart provides services only to legal entities registered in Moscow or the Moscow region.
The company must have certification of jobs.
The company should not have tax debts.

Issue a work permit and work invitation to the Russia
The cost of the paperwork for a quota:
Service Cost
Submission of information to the Department of Labour and Employment 15500a – Moscow
18500a - Moscow region

Travelmart provides services only to legal entities registered in Moscow or the Moscow region.
The company must have certification of jobs.
The company should not have tax debts.

Apply for a quota

Extension terms

Foreign citizens who work in Russia on quota or above quota positions can also extend their work permit without leaving the country. In fact, this procedure is just getting a new work permit. It is necessary to go through all the stages of applying for a job before obtaining a work visa, as in the case of primary employment.

Employees can get a new work permit without leaving Russia, only if two conditions are met: if the employer and the position remain the same.

A new work permit for workers who are not highly qualified specialists is issued for a period not exceeding 1 year.

Extension time

If the foreign citizen is not a highly qualified specialist, it is necessary to begin the extension of a work permit about 4 months before the expiration of the valid documents. So much time is required to go through all the stages of registration again. For example, it will take 1 month for the above quota workers to submit an application to the Employment Centre, another month to receive a permit to employ foreign labour, then 14 working days to apply for the work permit, and 20 days for the extension of the visa. If a foreigner works on a quota, the employer needs to get a quota for the next year in advance.

Documents for extension

You will need to add the previous work permit to the standard set of documents for obtaining a new permit for quota and above quota employees.

Learn more about the process of obtaining a work permit for a foreigner on our website.



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