What is the change? Russia has implemented a law that provides visa-waived nationals more flexibility in obtaining work permits.

What does the change mean? Foreign nationals who are visa-waived may obtain a work permit after entry if they indicate that the purpose of their visit is for work.

  • Implementation timeframe: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals who do not require a visa to visit the Russian Federation and who are entering for work.
  • Impact on processing times: None.

Background: The new law is part of a package of changes to immigration rules taking place in Russia under the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation.

BAL Analysis: Note that the foreign national must state on his or her migration card that the purpose of the visit is for work. If another purpose is stated on the card, a work permit will not be issued.

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