Russia – New Notification Procedures for Employers; CIS Nationals to Obtain Patents instead of Work Permits

New Notification Procedures for Employers

Effective 01 January 2015 employers will be required to inform the Federal Migration Service (FMS) of any hiring or dismissal of foreign employees within three (3) business days from the day of signing or terminating a labor agreement.

Failure to comply with notifying the authorities within three (3) business days could result in steep fines.  It is important that employers have the correct internal procedures in place to notifiy the FMS when hiring and terminating foreign employees in the time allotted.

CIS Nationals to obtain Patents Instead of Work Permits

Also effective 01 January 2015, CIS nationals will be required to obtain patents instead of standard work permits.

  • The patent will allow CIS nationals to work for both a legal entity and a private person.
  • The patent can be issued for a period of up to twelve (12) months and can be extended only once for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months.
  • The application for the patent must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days after arrival in Russia.
  • The current processing time to obtain the patent is ten (10) business days after submission of a complete application.

Who is affected?

  • All work permit holders
  • All CIS nationals wishing to work in Russia

What you need to do… 

  • It is important that employers have the correct internal procedures in place to notifiy the FMS when hiring and terminating foreign employees in the time allotted.
  • If you have a CIS national relocating to Russia, please contact Emigra immediately to discuss the new patent process.

Emigra Worldwide will continue to monitor developments and will provide further information regarding any further changes in this situation. If you have any questions, or if you would like more information, please contact your Emigra Worldwide representative.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide and Move One Relocation The information herein is for general information only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.