Russia: Employers May Now Apply for Work Permits for 2010
Russian authorities recently released the 2010 work permit quota distributions for each region of the Russian Federation. The Russian government sets a national quota for the maximum number of available work permits each year, which are later allocated by region and occupation. Employers cannot file work permit applications on behalf of foreign workers until the allocation figures are released. Now that they have been, employers may now file work and employment permit applications and invitation letter applications for 2010.
Nationwide, the quota will be 1,944,356 for all types of work permits in 2010. This figure is based on Russian employers’ reported needs for 2010. The number of work permits reserved for Moscow city is 250,000 overall. There is an additional 85,600 for the outlying Moscow region.
An additional 583,307 quota numbers will be held in reserve for all regions of Russia. The reserve quota may be made available to employers later in the year, at the discretion of Russian authorities.
In preparing this article, Fragomen has worked closely with the Migration Law Department of the Russian firm, VISTA Foreign Business Support (VFBS). The content herein is provided for informational purposes only.