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From January 1, 2015 foreign citizens will not be required to obtain work permits


On November 24, the President of the Russian Federation signed the Federal Law eliminating the responsibility to obtain work permit for foreign citizens who arrived in Russia in visa-free regime. From January 1, 2015 citizens of CIS countries must obtain work patent in order to work on the territory of Russia. The patent will allow foreign citizens to work as for legal entities and for physical persons.

The patent system for foreign citizens from CIS countries has existed in Russia since 2010, but the ability to use it have only those foreigners who worked for individuals. For legal entities, hiring of foreign employees was possible only on the basis of allocated quotas or using limited number of positions for which quotas aren’t necessary. On January 1, 2015, regardless of the presence or absence of quotas, legal entities could hire foreign citizens from CIS countries on the basis of patent.

To work in Russia a foreign citizen must apply for a patent within 30 days from the date of entry into the country, otherwise the patent will be denied. In order to obtain patent its necessary to enclose to the application for work patent the following documents: passport, migration card, health insurance certificate, certificate of non-communicable diseases as well as and HIV test, a certificate of knowledge of the Russian language and the basics of Russian history and culture, a certificate of completion of the procedure of fingerprinting and so on.

Federal law also establishes the administrative responsibility for foreign citizens for violations of migration legislation of the Russian Federation in the field of their employment in Russia on the basis of patents.

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