Russia: New Foreign Workforce Regulations Adopted

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By Sergei Blagov

April 15—The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection has been granted new powers to regulate the employment of foreign workers, the government announced April 14.

Decree No. 347 allows the ministry to:

• approve lists of positions available to skilled foreign workers without being subject to the otherwise mandatory work permit requirement,

• approve lists of skilled foreign employees eligible to benefit from simplified naturalization procedures,

• approve qualification criteria applicable to foreign managers employed in the retail trade sector and

• regulate cases when foreign employees are employed in locations outside the regions where their original work permits were issued.


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The government announcement is available at, full text of Decree No. 347 at, both in Russian.

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