The Highly Qualified Specialist will have the opportunity to receive Russian work permit and work visa up to 3 years but the short term assignment (6- 9-12 months etc) is also possible for them. The foreign HQS must have a local labor contract with their Russian Employer and mandatory salary in Russian Rubles paid in the territory of the Russian Federation. This requirement is a must and cannot be avoided.
The Russian Employer is obliged to provide their foreign HQS (and their family members if any) with the voluntary medical insurance for the entire duration of the labor contract in Russia.
In accordance with Russian Laws the migration authorities must issue a work permit within 14 business days since the date of the documents submission. The assignee is not able to start the assignment in Russia till the Work Permit collection. Work permit can be collected by the assignee in Russia in person only. HQS is entitled to acquire the work permit which may be valid on the territory of several subjects of the Russian Federation.
Citizens who enter country on a work visa basis shall also acquire a Letter of invitaion besides a work permit. This document is required in order to obtain Work visa.
HQS status holders (as well as their authorized family members) can stay in Russia without migration registration for 90 calendar days since the day of entering the country (every time they enter).
Work permit for a foreign HQS can be renewed unlimited number of times for a term of one’s labor contract, but for no longer than 3 years for each renewal.
In case of termination of Russian labor contract, HQS’ work permit and visa will be valid within 30 business days. During this period HQS may search for a new employer and enter into a new labour agreement. If a new employer is not found within these 30 business days, HQS and his/her family members have to leave Russia within the next 30 business days.