Relocation Options for Russian Nationals – Work Visas

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This article highlights a selection of immigration options for Russian nationals in the locations below. Please note that processing times may vary depending on the operational status of each country’s diplomatic mission. A sponsoring entity in the host country is likely required for many of the arrangements mentioned here.

Envoy continues to track clearance options worldwide for nationals leaving Russia. These options include temporary measures such as visa-free entry or the ability to enter as a tourist initially before moving to an authorized work status later.

The United Arab Emirates

Russian nationals entering the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can obtain a multiple entry visa upon arrival. A multiple-entry visa grants a maximum stay of 90 days over a rolling 180-day period. Russian nationals can also apply for a tourist or business visa which can grant an additional period of stay of 90 days.

Alternatively, Russian nationals can apply for a remote work visa in the UAE. This type of visa is initially valid for one year and allows multiple entries into the country. This visa can be renewed for an additional period of one year as long as the applicant continues to meet the eligibility criteria. Through this type of visa, Russian nationals are allowed to sponsor visas for family dependents, rent a house or apartment in the UAE and open a bank account.

To be eligible for a remote work visa, an applicant must be able to provide proof of employment with a current employer located outside of the UAE, hold an employment contract valid for a minimum period of 12 month with his employer and be paid a minimum monthly salary of 5,000 USD. It takes about seven to ten business days for the entire job application to be processed by the government. Additional time may be required to gather the documents required for filing the application.

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Turkey

An initial visa-free stay of up to 60 days may be granted to Russian nationals entering Turkey. After the initial 60-day period, Russian nationals can obtain an additional 30-day stay if they leave and re-enter the country. After 90 days in a rolling 180-day period, a foreign national cannot stay in Turkey without obtaining a visa.

Russian nationals can also apply for a tourist residence permit, which will allow them to stay in Turkey for up to one year, however, this permit does not grant a work permit.

To stay in Turkey for more than 90 days and obtain permission to work in the country, all foreign nationals must obtain a national residence-work permit, regardless of their nationality. To apply, applications must be filed and submitted outside of Turkey at a Turkish Embassy or Consular Post.

For more information on obtaining a work permit for Turkey, click on here.

Georgia

Georgia maintains a visa-free regime with the Russian Federation and Russian citizens are allowed to stay in Georgia for a period of 12 months without any visa formalities. During this time, these people are allowed to work in Georgia and can apply for the appropriate work and residence permit if they wish to settle permanently in Georgia.

The Georgian government issues work and residence permits to employees of legal entities based in Georgia, including branches of foreign companies or subsidiaries that are registered and operate in Georgia (GEO Entity).

In order to qualify for a work and residence permit in Georgia, the employee must hold an employment contract with a GEO entity and meet the other required qualifications. The work and residence permit can be granted for six months or one year and can be extended for up to twelve years if the permit holder continues to fulfill the eligibility conditions.

For more information on work permits in Georgia, click here.

Kazakhstan

All foreign nationals entering Kazakhstan must submit an “Arrival Notification” within three working days. A notification letter must also be submitted to the Migration Service in written form. This can be done through the Visa-Immigration online portal.

Russian nationals crossing the state border into Kazakhstan by land must obtain specific permits from the Interdepartmental Committee (IDC), as required by the Border Control Service. Generally, this process can take about two to four weeks, however, this time may vary depending on the region of Kazakhstan in which the authorization request was submitted. The entity inviting the Russian national is responsible for submitting the documents required to obtain the invitation.

Russian nationals entering Kazakhstan by air are not required to obtain permission from the IDC.

Due to the Russian Federation’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union, Russian nationals are allowed to sign a work contract in Kazakhstan without obtaining a work permit. However, long-term residents in Kazakhstan must obtain a temporary residence permit (TRP). A TRP can only be applied for and obtained after arrival in Kazakhstan. The conditions of the TRP are based on the candidate’s employment contract. Typically, it takes about three to five business days for the TRP to be issued.

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Armenia

Armenia maintains a visa-free regime with the Russian Federation, which allows Russian nationals to enter Armenia without a visa. To be eligible, the traveler must be able to present a valid biometric passport. Under this process, Russian nationals are allowed to stay in Armenia for a maximum of 180 days within a one-year period. If the traveler wishes to stay longer in Armenia, he must obtain a temporary residence permit.

For more information on the types of work authorization in Armenia, click on here.

Brazil

The Government of Brazil has announced that the Brazilian Embassy in Moscow will remain open and continue to process visas for Russian nationals. Brazil offers a range of permits that grant work authorization to foreign nationals. Some of these options include work permits for investors and digital nomads who choose to temporarily relocate and live in Brazil while working for a company overseas.

Most residence permits can be processed locally as long as the foreign applicant can provide the required documents upon arrival.

For more information on visas and work permits for Brazil, click on here.

Sweden

The Swedish Embassy in Moscow remains open and continues to process visas for Russian nationals, but processing times may be delayed due to changing circumstances. Travelers seeking to enter Sweden by air from Russia may also encounter difficulties.

Russian employers who do not have an established entity in Sweden can apply to an Employer Company of Record (EOR) to help them employ Russian employees locally and obtain work authorization through a fast-track process .

For more information on obtaining a work permit in Sweden, click on here.

India

The Indian Embassy in Moscow remains open and no immigration restrictions have been imposed on Russian nationals seeking visas to visit India. Russian nationals holding a valid passport can enter India by obtaining the appropriate category of visa prior to departure for India.

For more information on work permits for India, click here.

These are just a few ways Russian nationals can move to another country for work. Travelers should continue to adhere to COVID-19 entry restrictions when travelling. The envoy will continue to monitor and provide additional information on the situation in Ukraine as it becomes available. Please consult your organization’s global immigration team for specific advice.

Originally published March 18, 2022

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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