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January 16, 2014
The Russian Government has advised that only 358,000 quota work permits will be available in 2014.
Russian companies must file a foreign labor forecast at least one year in advance to secure work permits for certain types of foreign talent. The government allocates work permit quotas on a regional basis and usually announces final figures by the end of the year.
This year’s number of work permits is an approximate 8% decrease from 2013’s number of 410,126 quota permits, a clear indication that the government is decreasing the available number of traditional work visas. One could assume that the Russian Government is clearly favoring the quota-exempt work permits used primarily for executive, senior management and highly-skilled/technical workers versus permits issued for traditional management/lower-skill workers.
For companies based in the Moscow region and whose quotas were rejected, or those companies that did not file quota applications at all for 2014, there is still possibility to file a quota amendment application during the beginning of this year. However, this privilege is not available for companies in any other regions.
NOTE: Russian companies are reminded that they should file their quota application for 2015 prior to May 1, 2014.
LGI thanks VISTA Foreign Business Support for contributing to this news posting.