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Work Permit

Work Permit is a document to be mandatorily executed for the employment of the foreigners as the payroll employees within the territory of the Russian Federation. The procedure for the carrying out of labor activities by the foreigners is governed by the Federal Law No. 115-ФЗ, dated July 25, 2002 “On the Legal Status of the Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation”.
Subject to the selected procedure and to the category of a foreigner, the work permits may be subdivided into the following types:
Work Permit for the HQS
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Work Permit for 1 year
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For the citizens of the EAEU
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Licensed
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WORK PERMIT FOR THE HQS

A foreigner who has professional experience, skills, or advances in a certain field of activity, shall be considered as a HIGHLY-QUALIFIED SPECIALIST (HQS),
given that the conditions of his/her employment in the Russian Federation provide for the payment of salary/remuneration to him/her in the amount of, as follows:
167,000 RUSSIAN RUBLES OR MORE calculated as per one calendar month
for most of the foreigners; concerning the HQS’ family members, their spouses, children (including the adopted ones), children’s spouses, parents (including the adoptive ones), parents’ spouses, grandmothers, grandfathers and grandchildren shall be considered as such;
83,500 RUSSIAN RUBLES OR MORE calculated as per one calendar month
for the HQS being the research scientists, faculty members or other educators in case if they are invited for the engagement in the scientific, research or teaching activities under the government-accredited educational programs; as well as for the HQS being engaged in the activities in the field of Information Technologies at the publicly accredited enterprises carrying out the activities in the field of Information Technologies;
58,500 RUSSIAN RUBLES OR MORE calculated as per one calendar month
for the foreigners engaged in the labor activities by the residents of a technology development special economic zone;
1,000,000 RUSSIAN RUBLES OR MORE calculated as per one calendar year for the HQS
being the medical professionals, educators or research scientists in case if they are invited for the engagement in the relevant activities on the premises of an international medical cluster;notwithstanding the requirements as to the amount of wages, - for the foreigners involved in the implementation of the ‘Skolkovo’ project under the Federal Law “On the ‘Skolkovo’ Innovation Center”.
The foreigners may not be engaged in the labor activities within the Russian Federation as the HQS for the carrying-out of the preaching or other religious activities including the ministration or officiating of other religious rites and ceremonies, the teaching of any religion, and the religious upbringing of the followers of any religion.

ADVANTAGES OF INVOLVEMENT OF THE FOREIGN PROFESSIONALS (HQS)

The Highly Qualified Specialists are enrolled regardless of the applicable quotas, and the employers do not need to obtain a special permission for them.
It is not necessary to publish information on the related employment vacancy on the networked resource of the relevant territorial Employment Office.
A Work Permit for a Highly Qualified Specialist may be executed for a term of 3 years, provided that such term is specified in the related Employment Contract/Agreement.
When submitting the documents for the obtainment of a Work Permit for a HQS, it is not necessary to present the medical certificates and a documentary evidence of the Russian language proficiency.
It is allowed not to be registered with the migration registration authorities when entering the Russian Federation for a period up to 90 days.
A Highly Qualified Specialist may arrange the visas for his/her accompanying family members for the period of validity of his/her Visa.

Notification of the Conclusion/Termination of an Employment Contract/Agreement (EC/EA)

Within 3 business days from the date of conclusion of an EC/EA, it is necessary to notify the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the conclusion of an EC/EA with a foreigner (not to be confused with the actual date of hire of the related foreigner; meanwhile, the date of conclusion of an EC/EA is filled out in the top right corner on the first page of an EC/EA); such notification may be either submitted to the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs directly in person, or sent by the registered mail with a request for acknowledgement of receipt. All the original documents received (such as the Permit to Engage Foreign Labor, the plastics, the Notification of Conclusion of an EC/EA, and so on) shall be delivered to the customer, and the customer company shall be obliged to keep them on file in-house.

Quarterly Notification of the HQS’ Wages

Upon notifying the migration service authorities of the conclusion of an EC/EA with an HQS, the employee starts the performance of his/her employment duties, and the employer puts the four related ticks in the Time-Schedule, and thus, the employer shall thereafter quarterly notify the relevant local authorities of the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the performance of its obligations for the payment of wages (remuneration) to the HQS.
Pursuant to the Article 13.2 paragraph 13 of the Federal Law No. 115-ФЗ, dated the 25.07. 2002 «On the Legal Status of the Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation»(hereinafter referred to as the “Federal Law on the Legal Status”), the employer shall be obliged to send such notifications quarterly no later than the last business day of the month following the reported quarter. Such notification shall contain the data which are actual as of the last day of the relevant quarter of the calendar year.
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