Work permits in Russia

To work legally, foreigners have to obtain a work permit and a work visa.

Currently, there are two ways to obtain a work permit:

  1. Standard procedure;
  2. Simplified procedure for highly qualified specialists (HQS).

Benefits of a simplified procedure:

  • Preparation and obtaining of documents within a month;
  • Valid up to 3 years;
  • Tax on personal income – 13%;
  • No need to provide a medical certificate or higher education degree diploma;
  • Possibility to obtain Russian permanent residence permit limited to the period of work permit;
  • No need to pass Russian language exam.

Standard procedure

A work permit can be obtained by submitting the documents to the Russian migration authority. The work permit is valid for 1 year, and the application process takes 3 to 3.5 months.

Simplified procedure for HQS

There is a simplified procedure for issuing work permits to foreign citizens who hold a status of HQS.

HQS is a foreign citizen who has experience, skills or achievements in a particular field.

The main condition for hiring such specialists is the salary: before tax it should be more than RUB 167,000 per month (around EUR 2000). The employers shall also report quarterly that they comply with salary requirement.

What is the procedure of obtaining a work permit for HQS?

To obtain a work permit a foreigner needs to submit a set of documents to the migration authority. The decision to issue a work permit is taken within 14 working days from the date of documents receipt.

What documents should be submitted to obtain a work permit under a simplified procedure for HQS*?

  • Notarized copies of the company-employer’s incorporation documents;
  • Translated and notarized copy of HQS’s passport;
  • Photos;
  • Payment receipt of state fee;
  • Medical insurance policy valid in Russia (copy).

*including, without limitation

Case: work permit


A large German insurance company approached us for the service of obtaining a work permit and work visa for a CEO of its subsidiary in the Russian Federation. At the same time, the place of work of the CEO was considered the company’s office in Moscow, as well as a separate subdivision in the Moscow region.

  • Lawyers consulted the employer and the foreign citizen on collection of documents for the work permit and visa;
  • Prepared and submitted a set of documents on the conclusion of employment contract with a German citizen both in Moscow and in the Moscow region;
  • Agreed the CEO with the relevant Russian ministry in order to submit documents for a work visa to migration authority during pandemic;
  • Submitted documents for the work permit and visa to the migration authorities, and also accompanied the foreign citizen to obtain ready-made permits.


Andrey Toryannikov
Attorney at law, Counsel
Kirill Chemlaev
Senior Lawyer
Alexander Krylov
Maxim Verbov
Andrey Toryannikov
Attorney at law, Counsel

Two degrees in Lomonosov Moscow State University. Faculties of Law and Philology.

1996 – obtained status of attorney

Foreign Languages: English

Specialist in the field of legal representation, corporate conflict resolution, structuring and support of transactions for the acquisition of business, as well as defense / representation in the framework of criminal prosecution

1994 – has written more than 150 publications in the Russian newspapers and magazines

Since 2019 – Senior Lawyer at VALEN

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Kirill Chemlaev
Senior Lawyer

Law degree in Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL)

Foreign Languages: English

Since 2018 – Lawyer at VALEN

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Alexander Krylov

Law degree in Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2014

Postgraduate education diploma in Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, 2017

Foreign Languages: English, German, Spanish, Portuguese

Since 2014 – practice in obtaining and collecting of low liquid debts, in bankruptcy procedures of legal entities and litigation in commercial and regular courts

Since 2020 – lawyer at VALEN

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Maxim Verbov

Russian Foreign Trade Academy, Faculty – international law

Foreign Languages: English, French

Since 2020 – Lawyer at VALEN

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