- Government Announces 2012 Work Permit Quota and Exemptions, New Document Requirements for Some Dependents
- February 13, 2012
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
The Russian government has announced that the overall work permit quota for 2012 is 1,745,584 - roughly the same number of work permits as in 2011. With the release of this year’s quota numbers, employers can begin to submit their work permit and invitation letter applications for the year.
How the Quota Is Allocated
The overall quota of 1,745,584 is distributed among the various regions of the Russian Federation. Russian authorities further allocate quota numbers to employers based on their applications of projected need for foreign workers. Regional and employer-specific 2012 quota allotments are available on the Russian Federal Labor Service’s website.
Employers who have not submitted quota allocation applications for 2012 or whose applications were not accepted may now submit applications for quota amendments to the Labor Exchange Center.
In conjunction with the announcement of this year’s quota, the Russian government has also released the list of occupations that are quota-exempt. Foreign nationals sponsored for new or renewed work authorization for any of the positions listed below do not require a 2012 quota number. However, even though these occupations are exempt from the quota, employers are still required to give priority to Russian applicants for any of the listed positions.
- Chairman of the Board
- Deputy Chairman of the Board
- Director (head) of a branch office
- Director (head, executive) of an enterprise
- Director (head, representative) of a directorship
- Director of a factory
- Director of a firm
- Director of a joint enterprise
- Director of a joint stock company
- Director of a plant
- Director of economic affairs
- Director of a department
- General director of a joint enterprise
- General director of a joint stock company
- General director of a production facility
- General director of an enterprise
- General director of an inter-industry scientific venture
- General director of general directorship
- Head of the representative office
- President of a consortium (e.g., consolidated group, corporation) (socio-economic organization)
- Chief engineer (industrial)
- Senior principal engineer of a project
- Design engineer
- Engineer for an automatic process control system
- Engineer for a production control system
- Engineer for production management and control
- Engineer for realization of new technology
- Engineer of automation and mechanization of production procedures
- Quality engineer
- Setting and testing engineer
- Setting and testing technician
- Sound engineer
- Electrical engineer
- Industrial engineer
- IT security engineer
- Pre-production engineer
- Drilling technician
- Circus performer
When applying for quota allotments, employers should not include quota-exempt occupations in their estimate of projected need for foreign workers.
Apostilles Required for Dependents of Highly Skilled Specialists
In a separate development, dependents of foreign nationals working in the highly skilled specialist program must now include birth and marriage certificates bearing an apostille when they apply for a visa invitation letter.