This is the most complex and expensive visa type necessary for foreign nationals permanently working in Russia.
There are 2 types of work visas
Valid for 90 days – is issued by the Russian Consulate on the basis of Work Visa Invitation (which is issued on the basis of work permit)
It’s reissued on the basis of a single-entry visa at the local office of the Russian Migration police for the period of validity of work permit (no more than 1 year)
Starting from 2010, there is a new type of Work visa – For Highly Qualified Specialists – which has several advantages (e.g., is valid for 3 years), but the salary of such a specialist in Russia should amount to more than two million rubles per year.
To get a Work visa, your inviting Company-Employer is required to obtain several documents:
- Migration quotas to involve foreign labor force;
- Application to the Government Employment Services;
- Permission to involve foreign labor force, Work permit for a foreigner and Invitation for a work visa.
After this a work visa should be obtained at the Russian Consulate or local department of the Russian Migration police.
The procedure for receiving the work visa for foreign citizens
The procedure for the Work Permit getting for the citizens of CIS
The procedure for obtaining a Work Permit for the Corporations – members of the American Chamber of Commerce
Work visa processing time and cost depend on several factors:
your profession and type of intended work in Russia
- your citizenship
- Visa and Visa Invitation’s urgency
- prices and quality of your visa assistant’s services
As a rule, work visa can be issued in 100 days with an average cost 80000 ₽.
To extend a work visa or get a new multiple-entry work visa, it is not required to leave the country, it can be issued at the local Migration police office upon presentation of a Work permit valid for a new term.
Russian visa can be obtained by a foreigner only at the Russian Consulate in the country of which citizen he/she is.
Citizens of the Schengen countries can obtain a visa in any country-member of the Schengen Area.
To receive a Russian visa in a third country, one must submit a residence or work permit in this country.
Sample of the Invitation for the Russian work visa