Russia: 2017 Work Permit Quotas for Skilled Foreign Employees Cut

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By Sergei Blagov

Dec. 22—The Russian cabinet has reduced the work permit quota for skilled foreign employees and for foreign nationals allowed to hold managerial positions, effective for 2017, the government press service announced in a statement

The government assesses on an annual basis how many foreign nationals it will allow to live and work in Russia for the next calendar year. In recent years, the authorities have substantially cut the quotas.

Decree No. 1288 sets the total 2017 work permit quota at 177,043, down 17.3 percent from 2016's 213,929 and 36 percent from 2015's 275,856. The quota of managerial positions to be filled by foreign employees in 2017 is 7,007, down from 10,796 in 2016 and 17,931 in 2015 and down 94 percent from 2011's 109,590.

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The full text of the press service statement is available here, of Decree No. 1288 here, both in Russian.

For more information on Russian HR law and regulation, see the Russia primer.

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