• Tougher Document Requirements for Highly Qualified Specialist Applications
  • July 19, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Effective immediately, educational certificates submitted in support of Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) work permit applications for work in Moscow must be accompanied by either an apostille or consular legalization, depending on whether the document’s country of origin is a party to the Hague Apostille Convention.

    The new requirement applies to all HQS applications submitted on or after July 18, and was announced today without notice. The requirement will add days or weeks to the time necessary to prepare HQS applications, depending on the country of origin of an applicant’s degrees.

    The sudden change in document requirements appears to stem from a perception that the HQS program is being abused by underqualified foreign workers. This suggests that HQS applications may be generally subject to heightened scrutiny in the coming weeks or months.