Russia: Work Permit Distribution Announced

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By Sergei Blagov

Jan. 11—About three-quarters of the total 2017 work permit quota of 177,043 has been distributed between the country's 85 regions and urban centers, the Labor Ministry announced Jan. 10 (Order No. 728n). The largest shares went to the Primorie region (15,663), the Tyumen region (12,012), the Khabarovsk region (11,953), St. Petersburg (8,608) and Moscow (7,243). Nearly a quarter of total permits available under the quota (40,853) have yet to be distributed.

This year's total 2017 work permit quota of 177,043 (established by Decree No. 1288, released Dec. 3, 2016) is 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 Order No. 728n 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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