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Work Permits for Foreign Citizens

Foreign citizens have the right to work in Russia legally by issuing a work permit or a patent. Failure to comply with the law leads to large fines for the company, and a foreign worker can be deported.

A work permit for foreign citizens is a document that confirms the right to work in Russia. It is a small plastic card with a unique number, which contains personal data. Since April 2016, work permits are issued by the Main Department of Internal Affairs.

Travelmart aims to simplify the procedures for obtaining permits for our clients as much as possible. Our experience and knowledge will help you to forget about all the problems associated with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and foreign workers. When working with us, you work with professionals.
The cost of employing a foreign citizen above quota:
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 applying 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

Conditions for obtaining a work permit



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Before obtaining a work permit in the Russian Federation, a foreign citizen must find an employer and agree on the employment terms. This stage is not to be skipped, since the documents must be drawn up on behalf of the company. The employer does not have the right to require a foreign applicant to already have a valid work permit.

A work permit for foreigners is issued to those who are employed by a legal entity or individual entrepreneur. The document is strictly tied to the company-employer and to a specific region.

All citizens of visa and visa-free states should get work permits when registering as highly qualified specialists. For the citizens of visa-free countries, with the exception of highly qualified specialists, instead of this document they will need to issue a patent. Citizens of Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan have the right to work freely in Russia without special permits.

The conditions for obtaining a work permit in Russia for highly qualified specialists, quota and above quota workers differ. Travelmart helps highly qualified specialists to obtain their work permits, as well as register for quota and above quota positions. We take over the entire process: prepare the documents, submit them to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and pick up work permits for above quota workers or accompany highly qualified specialists, who are required by law to pick up their permits personally.

Sample of a work permit

Sample of a work permit for a foreigner (front side)

Sample of a work permit for a foreigner (front side)
Work permit in the Russian Federation for foreigners (back side)

Work permit in the Russian Federation for foreigners (back side)

How to issue a work permit for highly qualified specialists

The employment procedure for highly qualified specialists with a salary of over 2 million rubles a year (167,000 rubles a month) is simplified. Upon agreement with the employing company, you can immediately submit your documents for a work permit to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Read more about employing highly qualified specialists: «Work permits for highly qualified specialists »

How to apply for a work permit for quota and above quota positions

The process of applying for a job in Russia for quota and above quota positions is longer and more complex. It consists of several stages:

Stage 1.

Stage 2

Submit the documents to the Ministry of Internal Affairs to receive the permission to employ foreign labour. Read more here: «Permission to attract foreign labor».

Stage 3

Submit the documents to the Ministry of Internal Affairs for a work permit for foreign citizens. If a foreigner comes from a country with a high risk of immigration or a dangerous country, the general director should come to a meeting with the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. They will be accompanied by a Travelmart representative.

Stage 4.

If a company-employer applies to the Ministry of Internal Affairs to issue an invitation for a foreign citizen for the first time, it must be accredited as an inviting organization. Read more here: «Registration of the company in the Ministry of Internal Affairs».

Stage 5

After the work permit paperwork is accepted, we draw up an invitation for a single entry 3-month work visa. If a person is already working on a work visa and the employer has not changed, you can skip this step and extend the visa on the based on the new work permit. For details, see the “Work invitations to Russia” section.

Stage 6.

Extend your work visa with the work permit. In the case of a first time registration, a single entry 3-month visa will be extended to a multiple entry 1-year visa. When an individual previously had such a visa, it will be extended for a new period. Read more here: «Extension of a work visa».

Within 3 working days after receiving a work permit, you must submit a notice of employment contract. Read more here: «Notices of the conclusion and termination of an employment contract with a foreign citizen.».

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