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Russian Work Visa

Work visa

This is the most complex and expensive visa type necessary for foreign nationals permanently working in Russia.

There are 2 types of work visas

Single-entry visa

    • 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)

Multiple-entry visa

     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.

Russian Work Visa
Russian Work Visa

To get a Work visa, your inviting Company-Employer is required to obtain several documents:

  1. Migration quotas to involve foreign labor force;
  2. Application to the Government Employment Services;
  3. 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.

Additional information:

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
Sample of the Invitation for the Russian work visa