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The procedure for issuing work permits to foreigners

The procedure for obtaining work permits for foreign citizens is described in detail in the order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs No. 82.It has many requirements and conditions that must be met to obtain a permit. Without specific knowledge and relevant experience, it is easy to make a mistake, the result of which will be the refusal to accept the documents or to issue a work permit.

Travelmarts specialists know all the details of issuing a work permit. We will advise you on how to apply for a work permit, help at any stage of the registration, or fully take over the procedure, including documents preparation, accompanying you to an interview at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and obtaining a finished card by proxy.

Getting work permits in Russia for different categories of foreign workers

Following the agreement with the employer, the procedure for obtaining a work permit is different for highly qualified specialists and quota or above quota workers.

HQSs do not need to fulfil additional conditions to get the permit. After discussing the conditions of employment, you can immediately collect and submit the documents. Read more on the procedure of issuing permits for HQSs.

The cost of a work permit for an HQS
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.

Apply for a work permit and work invitation

In order to apply for the above quota workers, the employer must first submit an application to the Employment Centre about the vacancy, then obtain a permit to engage foreign labour, and only after that apply for a work permit.

The cost of employing an above quota foreigner
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

For the employment of quota workers, you first need to apply for a quota to the Department of Labour and Employment, and then also receive a permit to engage foreign labour so that you can issue the work permit.

Cost of 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

The procedure for obtaining a work permit

  1. Collect, sign and file all necessary documents.
  2. Pay a state fee for a work permit for foreigners.
  3. Submit documents to the Migration Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia or its regional offices. In Moscow, you need to contact the Sakharov Migration Centre, in the Moscow region - the Greenwood Migration Centre.
  4. When employing citizens of countries with the high risk of immigration or dangerous countries - the company's general director has to have an interview at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
  5. If you need to get a work visa - get confirmation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs about accepting the application for a work permit and submit the documents for issuing a work invitation.
  6. Wait 14 working days and get the finished document. A work permit is issued at the same migration centre.

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



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