Involvement of high skilled specialists

High skilled specialist is such foreign citizen who has working experience, skills or achievements in specific activities, if conditions of his engagement for labour activities in Russian Federation presuppose having of salary (remuneration) in amount of no less than 167 000 RUB per month (as general rules). Employer and customer of works (services) performs on their own account the competence and qualification evaluation of foreign citizens they would like to engage as high skilled specialists, and have the corresponding risks.

Foreign citizen has a right to declare himself as s high skilled specialist.

High skilled specialists are considered as special subject of labour and civil relations, and they are granted with the special legal status in this regard:

  • Quota for issue of invitation for entering the Russian Federation for foreign citizens for performing of labour activities and quota for issue of labour permits for foreign citizens does not include the high skilled specialists;
  • Labour permit for the high skilled specialist is issued for the term of employment agreement concluded by him or the legal contract for performing of works (rendering of services) with the employer inviting him, or with the customer of works (services), but no longer than for three years. Stipulated term of validity of the labour permit may be repeatedly prolonged for the term of validity of the legal contract for performing of works (rendering of services), but no longer than for three years of each such prolongation;
  • For high skilled specialists and members of their families the simplified order of receiving of the residence permit is presupposed (without preliminary receiving of the part-time residence permit;
  • High skilled specialists do not need to confirm their knowledge of Russian language, history of Russia and basics of the legislation of Russian Federation for receiving of labour permit.
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