Russia – Changes to Highly Qualified Specialist Work Permit extension requirements in the Moscow region

What is changing?

The Migration Department of the Moscow region (Greenwood Business Centre) has changed its requirements for work permit extension/correction applications for Highly Qualified Specialists. In addition to all previous requirements, applicants will now also be required to include copies of quarterly salary notifications covering the validity of the work permit.

Who will be affected?

  • All clients who have employed foreign nationals in Russia (specifically Moscow) as Highly Qualified Specialists

What to expect

As it is unlikely the remaining units will be sufficient to cover the needs of all Swiss-based companies’ in 2017, the authorities will be forced to choose applications representing the most important economic interests for Switzerland and/or the region (e.g. executives, positions in a sector or activity with a severe lack of resources, cases with high political implications, companies operating in an innovative sector developing new mandates for the Swiss economy, etc.).

Normally, when no more B permit units are available, the authorities will delay consideration of the application until the new annual quota is released on January 1.

Under special circumstances, the authorities may initially grant an L permit to compensate for the B permit shortage. L permits, however, are usually limited to a particular employment/assignment and more restrictive in terms of extension, spouse’s eligibility to work in Switzerland, etc..

What you need to do
Planning ahead
  • Be aware that filing for a work permit extension/correction for a Highly Qualified Specialist in the Moscow region now requires copies of quarterly salary notifications covering the validity of the work permit.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.