What is the change? Some foreign students will be eligible to work in Russia without a work permit beginning this summer.

What does the change mean? Foreign students studying in accredited, full-time vocational and higher education institutions will be permitted to work during off-class hours without having to obtain a work permit as of Aug. 5, 2020.

  • Implementation time frame: Aug. 5, 2020.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits for students.
  • Who is affected: Foreign students studying in Russia in accredited full-time vocational and higher education institutions will be permitted to work during off-class hours.
  • Business impact: Foreign students will no longer have to obtain a work permit.

Analysis & Comments: This is good news for employers as it will simplify the hiring process for employing foreign students. To be eligible, foreign students must be currently studying in Russia in an accredited full-time vocational or higher education program. Employers must keep in mind, however, that any labor or service contract with a foreign student will be terminated should the student leave or complete his or her studies. Deloitte will alert clients to additional changes or restrictions as information becomes available.

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