• Quotas Revoked for Companies with Labor and Tax Violations; Invitation Letters and Work Permits Delayed for Highly-Skilled Workers
  • March 21, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • The Russian government has revoked 2013 work permit quotas issued to companies found to be in violation of local labor and tax laws. It is canceling work permits sponsored by these companies and will not issue them employment permits to sponsor foreign nationals for quota-exempt positions. These developments follow increased workplace audits and raids begun in early 2011 and stricter sanctions for immigration violations enacted in an effort to compel compliance with local immigration laws in Russia.

    Companies without valid quotas are prohibited from sponsoring most work permits, but can sponsor permits for highly-skilled workers and quota-exempt work permits for nationals of Commonwealth of Independent States member countries.

    Invitation Letters and Work Permits for the Highly-Skilled Delayed

    Invitation letters and work permits for highly-skilled workers have been delayed following the transfer of processing responsibilities to regional Federal Migration Service offices on February 4. Invitation letters and work permits for highly-skilled workers, once issued by the central office of the FMS in Moscow, are now issued by the FMS office in the city or region where the foreign worker will be employed.

    Foreign nationals and their employers are advised to take these delays into account when planning assignments and transfers into Russia.