Russia – New Address Registration Rules

Posted on July 9, 2018

  New rules for the registration of foreign nationals, which take effect on July 8, 2018, mean that employers will no longer be able to register their foreign national employees at the company address, and that employers or landlords, rather… Read more »


Russia – New Work Permit Regulations Bring Administrative Changes

Posted on February 12, 2018

  Effective 4 February 2018, new regulations on issuing work permits bring some administrative changes to the work permit rules. What are the changes? For the purpose of obtaining a work permit, including for Highly-Qualified Specialists (HQS), the passport of… Read more »


Russia – e-Visa available to 18 countries

Posted on August 28, 2017

Beginning August 1, 2017, electronic visas will be available for nationals of 18 countries entering to the city of Vladivostok for business and tourist trips. The list of eligible countries are Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei, India, Iran, Qatar, China, North Korea,… Read more »


Russia – Annual Quota Application Deadlines Imminent

Posted on August 28, 2017

The deadlines are approaching for companies submitting standard work permit quota applications for hiring visa-required foreign nationals in 2018, and for quota adjustment. Applying for a quota is not required for hiring highly qualified specialists (HQS). Quota Application Deadlines The… Read more »


Russia – Work Permits Scrutinized by Russian Authorities

Posted on July 15, 2016

Immigration authorities in Russia are scrutinizing work permit and HQS applications.  The requirements that the Russian authorities are scrutinizing work permit applications are as to whether the pages of the labor contracts are bound correctly, enumerated, and verified with a… Read more »


Russia – Health Insurance Requirements Enforced for Work Permits

Posted on June 17, 2016

The Central Bank of Russia announced new health insurance rules in September 2015 that have taken into effect May this year.  Employers hiring foreign nationals via work permits or work patents must now include proof of health insurance coverage.  The… Read more »


RUSSIA – Stricter Penalties for Misusing Visas

Posted on April 1, 2016

Russian authorities have been increasingly scrutinizing foreign nationals specifically those holding business visas and technical support visas to confirm they remain compliant with immigration laws. Companies should ensure that foreign nationals only perform activities allowed under their business and technical… Read more »


RUSSIA – Passport Validity Requirement Eased for Highly Qualified Specialists

Posted on February 26, 2016

Effective February 19, 2016, foreign nationals applying for an initial or renewal Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) work permit to Russia must hold a passport valid for one year, rather than the three years validity currently required. Background Compliance with the… Read more »


RUSSIA – Recent Immigration Developments

Posted on February 12, 2016

The Bank of Russia has defined minimum requirements for medical insurance for foreign national employees which will take effect on May 1, 2016. In addition, effective January 1, 2016, work permit holders applying to amend their work permits more than… Read more »


RUSSIA – Employment Ban and Visa Restrictions for Turkish Nationals

Posted on December 4, 2015

Due to the current political situation, employers in Russia will not be able to obtain work permits for Turkish nationals from January 1, 2016. Also from January 1, Turkish nationals will no longer be able to enter Russia without a… Read more »