The process of getting a work permit for Russia is awash in bureaucracy and red tape. National quotas restricting the number of foreigners able to work in Russia change yearly depending on the country’s economic climate and government policies.
Expats earning a certain amount per year, as stipulated by the relevant authorities, are usually considered exempt from quotas, as they qualify as “highly skilled specialists”. As a result, expats with specialised, high-demand skills will find the process much easier.
Expats must find an employer who is authorised to sponsor a foreign worker. Once the employment contract has been finalised, the employing company will file an application for a work permit on behalf of the expat. Many of the larger foreign companies are familiar with this process and will inform the potential employee of the necessary documents required.
Upon application and approval of a work permit, the employing company will receive a formal visa invitation letter. They will pass this letter onto their expat employee who will use this document to apply for an entry visa – otherwise known as a work visa – at their home country’s Russian consulate or embassy. This will require the submission of a number of documents, and expats will also have to undergo a health check.