Russia Immigration Services

​​• Russia's immigration system provides limited options for employers of foreign nationals. Russia is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).
• Depending on their nationality, business visitors may travel to Russia with a business visa or if eligible, an e-visa. E-visas are typically valid for 60 days and permit a 16-day stay, whereas business​ visas are granted with a range of validity periods from 30 to 365 days​ ​​and permit stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Visa issuing officers determine the validity at their discretion and based on the applicant's personal circumstances and the underlying purpose(s) of the trip(s).
• 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 and 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.​
Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.