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Work visa to Russia for foreigners

To work in Russia, a foreign citizen must apply for a work visa. This rule applies to citizens of any country, except citizens of CIS countries, who have the right to work in the Russian Federation on a patent. A work visa gives foreigners the right to work, get paid and live on the territory of Russia for the duration of its validity. Please note that a work visa cannot be issued without a work permit.

Travelmart helps foreigners in getting a work visa. Contact our specialists if you want to avoid the bureaucratic paperwork, save time, and avoid mistakes and failure.

Work visa for foreign citizens



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Before getting a work visa to Russia, a foreign citizen must wait for a work invitation from a particular company. Therefore, first, a foreigner needs to find an employer and agree on the working conditions. The name of the company will be indicated in the visa, so a foreign citizen will have the right to work only there.

The whole procedure of employment before issuing a working invitation is the responsibility of the inviting party. A foreigner needs to wait until the employer takes all the necessary steps. It can take from one to several months depending on the type of employment - highly qualified specialists, quota and above quota.



Ways to employ a foreigner

1st option.
Highly qualified specialist


• Salary: more than 167.000a/month
• Position: any

simplified paperwork, the whole process will take about 1 month
2nd option.
By quota


• Salary: any,
• Position: any

getting a quota is a long process and a positive result is not guaranteed


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- Highly qualified specialists receive a salary of 2 million rubles a year. The procedure for them is simplified, and takes about a month before receiving a working invitation. Read more about their employment in the section. «How to hire a highly qualified specialist».

The cost of a work permit for a highly qualified specialist:
Work permit + invitation or visa-free extension Time Cost
for citizens of countries with low risk of immigration 30 days 40000a/human
for citizens of countries with high risk of immigration 30 days 50000a/human

* The state duty for the work permit is 3500a and paid additionally

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 working days 4500a/human

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

Apply for a work permit and work invitation

- If a foreign employee earns less than 2 million rubles a year, the employer can hire them on above quota positions or receives a quota. The process of registration in this case takes about 3 months. Read more about that in the sections «Employment of foreigners above quota» and «Obtaining quotas for employment of foreign citizens».

The cost of registration of an above quota foreign employee:
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 15000a
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
2-3 working days 27500a/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

Employer’s Actions

To issue a work invitation to a foreigner, an employer must:

  1. Apply for a vacancy in the Employment Centre or get a quota in the Department of Labour and Employment (skip this step for HQSs).
  2. Obtain a permit to employ foreign labour. (skip this step for HQSs).
  3. Apply for a work permit.
  4. Submit documents for a work invitation.

Details about hiring a foreigner can be found here: «Step-by-step instructions for employing a foreign citizen».

How to get a work visa to Russia

Once a foreigner has received a work invitation, they can apply for a work visa.

If the invitation is issued for a highly qualified specialist, you can immediately get a multiple-entry work visa for up to 3 years, depending on the duration of the employment contract and the work permit.

If a foreigner is getting a quota or above quota position, you must first issue a single-entry work visa for 3 months with the possibility of its subsequent extension. Upon arrival in Russia, the visa will need to be changed to a multiple-entry visa for a period of up to one year, depending on the duration of the contract and the work permit.

To get a work visa to Russia you need:

  1. Collect the necessary documents - passport, work invitation, insurance. A complete list of documents for a work visa to Russia needs to be clarified at the Russian consulate abroad.
  2. Pay a visa fee, the size of which depends on the country.
  3. Submit an application and documents to the Russian consulate abroad.
  4. Wait for a work visa, it can take up to 20 working days.

A foreigner may be refused a visa for several reasons: for example, if the employer made a mistake at one of the stages of employment, the foreigner submitted false information or violated immigration laws. By entrusting Travelmart specialist with the process, you minimize the risk of failure.

Read the full information on the procedure of employing foreigners on our website.



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