Working in Russia
The duration of stay and the type of work being done determines the type of visa or work authorization that must be secured to enter and work in Russia.
Foreign nationals who hold an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) with an RUS code are allowed to enter Russia without a visa for business or personal travel for up to 90 days. Generally, citizens from most other countries are required to apply for and secure a business or work visa or a work authorization.
For short-term business visits of up to 90 days, foreign nationals can apply for and secure a business visa, which has varying validity time frames of up to a year depending on the discretion of the issuing officer.
For longer-term business trips and employment in Russia, employees and employers must apply for and secure a work visa and a work permit.
Employers and employees need to make sure they apply for the correct visa and work permit and provide the necessary documentation in their application and when entering Russia. There are a variety of different types of visas and work permits for Russia, but we’ve listed the most common ones below.
Types of Visas
- Business Visa
- Work Visa
- Standard Work Permit
- Highly Qualified Specialist Work Permit
Processes and requirements vary by type of visa and Russia often significantly changes immigration procedures, sometimes without any notice of change. To figure out which type of Russian visa or work permit your company needs to apply for, click below to download our Russia Information Sheet or click here to set up a consultation.