The Russian government has amended rules for medical exams required to obtain work and residence permits.

 Key Points:

  • As of Oct. 31, visa-required foreign nationals must submit medical documents confirming the results of their medical exam in Russia to receive a work or residence permit.
  • Highly Qualified Specialists (HQS) are no longer exempt from the medical exam requirement.
  • Individuals must submit the medical documents within 30 days of entering Russia to avoid work permit cancelations.

Additional Information: Individuals needing a temporary residence permit (TRP), a permanent residence permit (PRP), or those applying for work patents must submit the medical documents as part of their application. The amended law does not apply to existing permit holders or those applying for work permit renewals or corrections.

BAL Analysis: Foreign nationals who are applying for a work permit or a residence permit in any visa category including HQS, TRP and PRP should be aware of the amended medical exam requirements. Those who fail to meet the requirement risk having their work permit canceled.

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