RUSSIA - Employers Seeking to Employ
Foreign Nationals in Moscow for 2008 Subject to Annual Limit on Available Work
by Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy,
The Russian immigration authorities have announced an annual limit on the number
of work permits available for foreign national workers in Moscow. This limit
applies to employment as of 2008. Employers seeking to hire foreign nationals to
work in Moscow in 2008 must now submit an employment request to the
Interregional Information and Business Center by July 13, 2007. The employment
request is a new step in the work permit application process for Moscow. While
employment request applications may be accepted after July 13, in order to avoid
the limit, it is advisable to file by the July 13 deadline.
The precise number of work permits available for Moscow in 2008 has not yet been
While the government of Russia has set annual limits on the number of work
permits for each region of the country, Moscow has traditionally been exempt
from such limits. Employers hiring foreign nationals to work in Moscow were not
required to submit an employment request to the authorities. The maximum number
of work permits applies to all foreign national workers, regardless of skill or
education level. Please note that citizens of Commonwealth of Independent States
(CIS) nations are exempt from the employment permit requirement, and are
therefore not counted against the general limit.
In general, the employers make the employment request by (1) completing two
original copies of the request form, which should be stamped and signed by both
a general manager and a human resources manager of the employer; (2) submitting
the completed request forms to the Interregional Information and Business Center
in Moscow, which will retain one copy of the request and return the other
stamped copy to the employer's representative; and (3) retaining the stamped
request form to document that it made the necessary employment request for 2008.
Once the employer receives the approved employment request, it can proceed with
the normal work authorization process.
In preparing this article, Fragomen has worked closely with the immigration law
firm, VISTA Foreign Business Support (Moscow). The content of this article is
provided for informational purposes only.
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