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WORK PERMITS FOR FOREIGNERS

According to the migration legislation and in particular to the Federal Law №115-FZ dated 25th of June 2002, regulating legal status of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation an employer or a customer of works (services) attracting foreign employees are subjects to obtaining Permit for engagement of foreign labour force.

To legally stay and work at the territory of the Russian Federation each foreign citizen should obtain work visa and work permit.

Permit for Engagement of Foreign Labour Force is granted to a company for one year, determines a number of foreign citizens that can be employed in a company within a year. When submitting documents for obtaining of Permit for Engagement of Foreign Labour Force a company should define positions and citizenships of all employees that are planed to be employed within a year. After obtaining of Permit for Engagement of Foreign Labour Force a company can not employ foreign citizens for the positions and of the citizenship other then it is stated in the Permit.

Work Permit is a document (plastic card) confirming the right of a foreign citizen to work temporary at the territory of the Russian Federation; it is to be obtained every year on the basis of the Permit for Engagement of Foreign Labour Force granted to the company. Work permit that has been obtained by an employee by him/herself is considered to be illegal.

Work visa is the only legal type of visa that allows a foreign citizen to enter the territory of the Russian Federation for work; it is issued on the basis of work permit for one year maximum.


CATEGORIES OF FOREIGNERS WHO ARE NOT TO OBTAIN WORK PERMITS

In accordance with the Federal Law №115-FZ dated 25th of June 2002 "On the legal status of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation" among these categories are the following:
  • Foreigners living in the RF on permanent basis;
  • Foreigners living in the RF on temporary basis;
  • Officers of diplomatic representatives, consular offices of foreign states, officers of international organizations, private household workers of the mentioned persons.
  • Officers of foreign legal entities making installation (supervising installation) works, service and guarantee maintenance, post-guarantee repair of the technical equipment supplied in the RF.
  • Journalists accredited in the RF.
  • Foreigners studying in the RF in educational institutions of professional education and providing auxiliary services to their educational institutions during the spare time.
  • Teachers and lecturers invited to the RF.
  • Citizens of the Republic of Belarus are not subject to obtaining of Work Permit either (in accordance with the Decision of the Supreme Council of the Community of Belarus and Russia dated 22.06.96 №4 "On the equal rights to employment, payment of work and other social and labour guaranties").

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROCEDURE

1. Obtaining of Permit for Engagement of Foreign Labour Force for a company
  1. Obtaining of approval of Territorial State Employment Service for engagement of foreign labour force for a company.
  2. Obtaining of conclusion of the Department of Federal State Employment Service of Moscow about expediency of foreign labour force engagement.
  3. Obtaining of Permit for engagement of foreign labour force at the Federal Migration Service of Russia
2. Obtaining of individual Work Permits for foreign employees of a company

These Work Permits are made at the Federal Migration Service of Russia or at the Department of the Federal Migration Service of Russia (depending on the citizenship of foreign employees)

3. Obtaining of work visas
  1. Obtaining of invitation for work visa at the Department of the Federal Migration Service of Moscow
  2. A foreign employee applies to the Russian Consulate abroad to get one-entry work visa valid for 90 days
  3. A foreign employee staying in the Russian Federation on the basis of one-entry work visa and Work Permit has the right to prolong the work vise for the period of one year.

THE WAY WE WORK
  1. We send you a table to be filled in with the information necessary to prepare the documents.
  2. After we get the table with the information we prepare all necessary documents and send them by e-mail for signing.
  3. Our paralegal takes the signed documents from you.
  4. On completion of every stage our legal adviser informs you about the course of obtaining of the rest documents.
  5. After obtaining of all Permits our paralegal brings you the documents.
  6. At every stage of work you may contact our legal advisers for consultations on the matters connected with engagement of foreign labour force to your company.

LIST OF DOCUMENTS REQUIREВ FOR OBTAINING OF PERMIT FOR ENGAGEMENT OF FOREIGN LABOUR FORCE

A Company - resident:
  1. A Company's Charter (3 notarized copies);
  2. Decision about Incorporation of the Company (1 notarized copy);
  3. Certificate of registration at Moscow Registration Chamber (3 notarized copies) - if any;
  4. Certificate of registration at the Unified State Register of Legal Entities (3 notarized copies)
  5. Extract from the Unified State Register of Legal Entities (1 notarized copy)
  6. Certificate proving registration at Tax Inspectorate (3 notarized copies)
  7. License (if activity of your Company requires licensing)
  8. Information Letter from the State Statistics Committee (1 copy)
  9. Extract from a Company's Stuff Schedule
  10. Decision about appointment of the General director of a Company (1 copy with seal of a company)
  11. Draft of a labour contract containing the information about position and salary of an employee (sealed and signed by General director of a Company, but not by an employee)
  12. Bank reference (funds on account)
  13. Balance-sheet for the last quarter (the original and a copy, the original will be returned)
  14. Receipt for payment of the state duty in the amount of 3000 rubles per one person (original)
  15. Power of Attorney given to the consalting company by employee
The Representative Office of a foreign company:
  1. Charter of a head company (2 notarized copies);
  2. Extract from the Trade Register or Certificate of Incorporation of a head company (2 notarized copies);
  3. Permit on Opening of the RepOffice (3 notarized copies);
  4. The Certificate of entering the Consolidated State Register issued by the State Registration Chamber (3 notarized copies);
  5. General Power of Attorney for the Head of the RepOffice (2 notarized copies);
  6. Certificate proving registration at Tax Inspectorate (3 notarized copies);
  7. Extract from the RepOffice's Stuff Schedule;
  8. Draft of the employment contract between the RepOffice and a foreign employee containing the position name, information about working time, annual leave and salary;
  9. Bank reference (funds on account);
  10. Balance-sheet for last quarter (the original and a copy, the original will be returned);
  11. Receipt for payment of the state duty in the amount of 3000 rubles for each employee (original) -will be left at the state authority;
  12. Power of Attorney given to the consalting company by employee
The Branch Office of a foreign company
  1. Charter of a head company (2 notarized copies);
  2. Extract from the Trade Register or Certificate of Incorporation of a head company (2 notarized copies);
  3. The Certificate of entering the Consolidated State Register from the State Registration Chamber (3 notarized copies)
  4. General Power of Attorney for the Head of the Branch Office (2 notarized copies)
  5. Certificate proving registration at Tax Inspectorate (3 notarized copies)
  6. Extract from the Branch Office's Stuff Schedule;
  7. Draft of contract with a foreign employee indicating the position and the salary;
  8. Bank reference (funds on account)
  9. Balance-sheet for last quarter (the original and a copy, the original will be returned);
  10. Receipt for payment of the state duty in the amount of 3000 rubles for each employee (original) -will be left at the state authority;
  11. Power of Attorney given to the consalting company by employee
*ATTENTION! All foreign documents require legalization in the country of its origin (apostille) and notarized translation into the Russian language. Letters and applications necessary for submittal to the mentioned authorities can be signed by the Head of the Representative/Branch Office of a foreign company if General Power of Attorney contains the respective authorization.


LIST OF DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR OBTAINING OF WORK PERMIT
  1. Photo 3x4 (2 ps. mat, color);
  2. Medical document confirming negative test on AIDS, lepra (Hansen's disease), tuberculosis, syphilis, clamidiosis, shankroid;
  3. Copy of passport with registration;
  4. Copy of the migration card;
  5. Receipt for payment of the state duty in the amount of 1000 rubles per one person (original) -will be left at the state authority
  6. Power of Attorney given to the consalting company by employee

 
 
 
 
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