Virginia, US


If your company is sending employees to Russia—Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Russia, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible. 

Russia's immigration system includes provisions for business visits, work, and permanent residence.  

Business visas are granted with varying validity ranging from 30 to 365 days. The maximum authorized stay in business visitor status is 90 days within a 180-day period.  The validity period granted is based on personal need, the underlying purpose(s) of the trip(s), and the discretion of the issuing officer.

The main work authorization route is the Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) Work Permit, suitable for highly paid local hires. The maximum initial permit validity is three years, which is renewable.

A Standard Work Permit is available for broader categories of foreign nationals, but is rarely used due to strict language criteria and quotas. There is no short-term work authorization category.

Legislation changes often and sometimes drastically. Document requirements and application procedures vary among consular posts, which may request personal interviews at their discretion.  

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.