Memo to a foreign citizen, a highly qualified specialist

 

Highly qualified expert is a recognized foreign citizen with experience, skills and achievements in specific areas, if the conditions of his employment in the Russian Federation involve receiving their salaries (wages) in the amount of two million or more rubles per year.

An employer or contractor of works (services) independently carry out an assessment of skills and qualifications of foreign nationals whom they wish to attract as highly qualified professionals, and bear the risks.

A foreign citizen, to be employed in the Russian Federation as a highly qualified person gets the right to:

-engage in labor activity outside the quota for issuing invitations to foreign citizens to enter the Russian Federation to work and admission quotas to foreign nationals and work permits;

-engage in labour activity on the basis of work permits issued to him for the duration of labor contract or a civil contract for works (services) with the employer (who is inviting him) or contractor of works (services), but not more than for three years. This time limit on work permits can be repeatedly extended for the duration of the contract or a civil contract for works (services), but not more than three years for each such renewal;

-if in accordance with the employment contract or civil law contract for works (services) it is expected that highly qualified specialist will work in the territories of two or more subjects of the Russian Federation, to obtain a work permit, valid in these territories of the Russian Federation;

-arrange a residence permit for themselves and their family members (spouse, children under the age of eighteen years, as well as disabled children who have attained the specified age or a dependent of such a highly qualified specialist) for the term of the contract or a civil contract for works (services) on his application in writing to the federal executive authority in the field of migration;

-within thirty days from the date of early termination of the employment contract or a civil contract for works (services) to search for another employer or client of works (services) and obtain a new work permit.

During this period work permits issued to highly skilled professionals, as well as visa and residence permit issued to such highly qualified specialist and members of his family, are considered valid;

-obtain permission to work in the federal executive authority in the field of migration in the Russian Federation, and in the case of the representative of a highly qualified specialist or a representative of the federal authority - in this mission or from a representative. The work permit is issued to highly qualified specialist after the presentation of a document certifying his identity and acknowledged in the Russian Federation in that property;

-to introduce himself as a highly qualified specialist, by contacting the office of the federal executive authority in the field of migration in the State of nationality of the foreign citizen or a diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation with a petition containing information confirming his experience, skills or achievements in a particular area of activity (including confirming the competence and qualifications of a foreign citizen recommendations of individuals or organizations) and consent to enter the specified information in a data bank for the work carried out by the foreign citizens and to submit specified information to potential employers or customers of works (services) on the territory of the Russian Federation. In this case, the information provided by a foreign national, is placed at official site of the federal executive authority in the field of migration;

-to obtain, after the placement of information on the official website of the federal executive authority in the field of migration, an ordinary business visa for entry into the Russian Federation for a period of up to thirty days in order to conduct negotiations with the employer or client of works (services) and signing the contract or a civil contract for works (services). Ordinary business visa issued to highly qualified specialist is issued in case if he has written proposal on entry into the Russian Federation to conduct the relevant (appropriate) negotiations directed to such foreign national by the employer or customer of works (services).

 

If a highly qualified specialist within thirty days from the date of early termination of the employment contract or a civil contract for works (services) did not sign a new contract or a civil contract for works (services) or if the application of the employer or client of works (services) to permit the employment of the highly qualified specialist is rejected, work permit and visa and residence permits issued to highly skilled specialist and members of his family, are considered valid within thirty working days from the date of the expiration specified in this paragraph, or the decision to reject the application of the employer or client of works (services).

During these thirty working days of highly qualified worker and members of his family must leave the Russian Federation in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.

Highly qualified specialist and members of his family (spouse, children under the age of eighteen years, as well as disabled children who have reached the specified age and dependents of such a highly qualified) who arrived to the Russian Federation who are foreign nationals, from the date of their entry into the Russian Federation should be insured under a contract of voluntary health insurance. Providing health insurance to a highly qualified specialist is one of the main conditions of his employment contract.