Russian legislation poses strict requirements and regulations, making the process of arranging visas and work permits challenging.

Work permits are issued to foreign nationals with a job offer from a Russian employer. The number of permits available is determined each year by government quotas, with specific quotas for different regions, occupational sectors, and nationalities. A work visa is issued by the Russian consulate only when the work permit is in place.

Russia also offers a visa for highly qualified specialists, which may be easier to obtain. Applicants must prove a salary of more than two million rubles per year and experience, skills, and achievements in a particular area or field. This type of visa is also exempt from the quota requirements.

A business visa may be obtained for foreign nationals visiting the country for business purposes for longer than 30 days. They are valid for up to 90 days with up to two entries into the country. Multiple-entry business visas may be valid for six or 12 months with an unlimited number of entries and exits.

Meltzer Hellrung’s services include:

  • Full assessment of the applicant under existing visa laws and regulations

  • Assistance at each step of the process: visa application, work authorization, residence permit, extensions, renewals, etc.

  • 24/7 access to our case management system to track real-time status of applications and monitor upcoming expiration dates or other requirements

  • Document procurement for legalization, attestation, police clearance certification, proof of birth/marriage/citizenship, etc.

  • Accompaniment and assistance upon arrival in Russia

Contact is to learn more about how we can help streamline the visa and immigration process.