By Irina Pochkhua, Head of Corporate Immigration Practice VISTA Immigration, Moscow, Russian Federation |


Due to the current situation, many foreign citizens engaged in labor activity on the territory of the Russian Federation on the basis of work permits for highly qualified specialists decide to leave the territory of the Russian Federation for an indefinite period.

In the present situation, employers of such foreign citizens need to remember the following:

1. To maintain the status of a highly qualified specialist, the employer needs to pay the minimum wage per month – 167,000 rubles gross. If it is impossible to pay wages (for example, in case employee took leave at his own expense), the minimum amount of wages within one quarter should be paid in the amount of 501,000 rubles before taxes.

2. The period of stay of a foreign citizen abroad should not exceed 6 months. If this period is exceeded, the work permit of a highly qualified specialist will be canceled. A similar rule applies to highly qualified specialists who have a residence permit in the Russian Federation issued based on HQS work permit.

3. If a decision is made to terminate an employment contract with a foreign citizen, please inform Vista as early as possible to receive advice within the framework of a specific case.

We hope that the current situation will be resolved in a positive way in the near future, and we will keep you informed of developments and remain at your disposal in case of questions.


VISTA Immigration provides professional advice in the field of migration legislation covering all aspects of employment of foreign citizens in Russia. Whether you need a business visa to come to Russia or obtain work permit we are here to help. We can also assist in obtaining residency permits and Russian citizenship.

We do our best to foresee any possible risks and issues and take all necessary actions to make the process of obtaining work permits and visas as smooth as possible. We do Take Care of your immigration needs as they are our own.

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