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RUSSIA – Work Permit Quota and Quota Exemptions for 2013 Announced – Apostilled Marriage and Birth Certificates Required for Dependents of Highly Skilled Workers

The Federal Labour Service has approved work permit quotas for 2013 and has announced details of the allocation of the quotas between Russia’s different regions and companies within those regions. Additionally, the decree on quota exempt positions for 2013 has been approved.

Work Permit Quotas for 2013

Russia operates a work permit quota system. Every year the Federal Labour Service approves a total number of slots for the year, based on the quota applications made by employers throughout the country. This total number is subdivided by region and then by company within each region. The quota allocations for 2013 have been made and are as follows:

  • 410,126 slots in total for the year (down from 460,510 in 2012)
  • 21,445 slots in Moscow
  • 27,337 slots in St Petersburg

The quota allocations have not yet been divided between companies.

Quota Exempt Positions

59 positions are exempt from the quota, as listed below. This is up from 41 positions last year, but the new exempt positions are all in the arts (including ballet performers, stunt coordinators and orchestra performers) so may not be particularly useful for most corporations bringing employees in to Russia. Note also that work permits for Highly Skilled Workers (who must, as well as meeting other criteria, be paid at least 2 million rubles per year in Russia) are quota exempt. The decree on the exempt positions will come into force on 6 January 2013 and therefore applications for exempt positions can be submitted from 9 January 2013.

Quota Exempt Positions

  1. General director of a joint stock company (Генеральный директор акционерного общества)
  2. General director of a joint enterprise (Генеральный директор объединения)
  3. General director of an enterprise (Генеральный директор предприятия)
  4. General director of general directorship (Генеральный директор генеральной дирекции)
  5. General director of an inter-industry scientific venture (Генеральный директор межотраслевого научно-технического комплекса)
  6. General director of a production facility (Генеральный директор производственного объединения)
  7. Senior principal engineer of a project (Главный инженер проекта)
  8. Senior principal engineer (in industry) (Главный инженер (в промышленности)
  9. Director of department (Директор департамента)
  10. Director (head) of a branch office (Директор (заведующий) филиала)
  11. Director of a plant (Директор завода)
  12. Director of economic affairs (Директор по экономике)
  13. Head of a Representative office (Директор представительства)
  14. Director of a factory (Директор фабрики)
  15. Director (head, representative) of directorship (Директор (начальник, уполномоченный) дирекции)
  16. Director (head, executive) of an enterprise (Директор (начальник, управляющий) предприятия)
  17. Director of a firm (Директор фирмы)
  18. Director of a joint stock company (Директор акционерного общества)
  19. Director of a joint enterprise (Директор объединения)
  20. Deputy Chairman of the Board (Заместитель председателя правления)
  21. Conductor (Дирижер)
  22. Sound engineer (Звукооператор)
  23. Sound supervisor (Звукорежиссер)
  24. IT security engineer (Инженер по защите информации)
  25. Engineer of automation and mechanization of production procedures (Инженер по автоматизации и механизации производственных процессов)
  26. Industrial engineer (Инженер-технолог)
  27. Engineer for production control system (Инженер по автоматизированным системам управления производством)
  28. Engineer for automatic process control system (Инженер по автоматизированным системам управления технологическими процессами)
  29. Engineer for realization of new technology (Инженер по внедрению новой техники и технологии)
  30. Quality engineer (Инженер по качеству)
  31. Setting and testing engineer (Инженер по наладке и испытаниям)
  32. Engineer for production management and control (Инженер по организации управления производством)
  33. Pre-production engineer (Инженер по подготовке производства)
  34. Engineer-welder (Инженер по сварке)
  35. Design-engineer (Инженер-проектировщик)
  36. Electrical engineer (Инженер-электрик)
  37. President of a consortium (consolidated group, corporation, etc) (socio-economic entity) (Президент ассоциации (концерна, корпорации и др.) (общественно-экономической организации))
  38. Chairman of the Board (Председатель правления)
  39. Drilling technician (Техник по бурению)
  40. Setting and testing technician (Техник по наладке и испытаниям)
  41. Technician (Техник-технолог)
  42. Stage manager (Режиссер)
  43. Production Director (Режиссер-постановщик)
  44. Circus performer (Артист цирка)
  45. Ballet performer (Артист балета)
  46. Ballet performer – soloist (Артист балета - солист)
  47. Ballet coach (Репетитор по балету)
  48. Ballet master (Балетмейстер)
  49. Choreographer (Хореограф)
  50. Art Director (Художник-постановщик)
  51. Singer - opera and chamber music (Артист-вокалист - оперный и камерный)
  52. Singer – soloist (Артист-вокалист (солист)
  53. Actor (Артист драмы)
  54. Member of orchestra (Артист оркестра)
  55. Member of symphony or chamber orchestra (Артист симфонического (камерного) оркестра)
  56. Stunt Coordinator (Постановщик трюков)
  57. Ringmaster (Инспектор манежа (ведущий программы))
  58. Assistant production director (Ассистент режиссера-постановщика)
  59. Assistant art director (Ассистент художника-постановщика)

Quota Applications for 2014

Applications for quota allocations for 2014 must be made by 1 May 2013. Employers in Russia should begin to prepare their applications. Contact us, or VISTA directly, for assistance.

Action Items

  • Note the list of quota exempt positions, which is different from the list of 2012
  • Prepare quota applications for 2014

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Vista Foreign Business Support

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