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Employment Regulations

What does the law say?

On August 5, 2020, amendments to the law entered into force, according to which foreign students do not need to obtain a work permit in Russia. Link to the announcement on the State Duma website - http://duma.gov.ru/news/49275/

However, there are several restrictions on specific positions:
1. Foreigners are not allowed to hold the position of chief accountant or any other position related to the accounting of a Russian company. Only foreigners who have a residence permit or temporary residence permit can keep the company's accounting records.
2. Foreigners cannot be employed in the municipal or civil service or in work related to the security of Russia.

What are the legal conditions for foreign students who attend University preparatory programmes?

The same as for other international students. Students of preparatory departments can be considered students of an educational organization of higher education, so they are subject to a simplified employment procedure, that is, without registration of permits. Justification: according to article 2 of Federal law No. 273-FZ of 29.12.2012 "On education in the Russian Federation", a student is an individual who is studying an educational program. Students, depending on the level of the educational program being mastered, the form of training, and the mode of stay in an educational organization, include, among other things, students – persons enrolled in training at the preparatory departments of educational organizations of higher education (article 33 of the Law).

What documents are usually required when applying for a job?

- certificate from the University that you are a student of the program,
- passport or other identity document and its copy with translation;
- employment record (if this is your first place of work, the employer will make it);
- TIN, registration and migration card,
- contract (policy) of voluntary medical insurance valid on the territory of the Russian Federation;
- other documents at the request of the employer (a document of education or a certificate of no criminal record, for example).

Other details:
• Due to the fact that the work permit for foreign students was canceled, employers may be even more careful and require additional certificates and documents
 A 30% personal income tax will be applied to your salary until you stay in Russia for a total of 183 days within the last 12 months. After your stay in Russia exceeds 183 days, the tax rate will decrease to 13%.
• No work permit or other documents are required if you are doing unpaid internship. If your intership is unpaid and does not require employment agreement - you do not have to get a work permit.  Letter of Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The HSE also has a Centre for International Student Support who need help with translation, support, or other matters.


 

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