Russia Highly Skilled Migrant Visa

Comprehensive guide to Russian work visa for highly skilled migrants.

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What is a Russia Highly Skilled Specialist Visa?

The Russian Federation issues work visas for highly qualified specialists (HQS) from foreign countries. Russia grants such visas based on invitations issued by the Ministry of Interior. Family members of a HQS working in Russia can also apply for this visa.

Highly qualified specialists can work in Russia for up to three years. Note that this visa is a multiple-entry work visa and never single or double entry.

Do I Qualify for a Russia Highly Skilled Specialist Visa?

To apply for a Russia work visa as a highly skilled specialist you and your Russian employer should meet some criteria. Following find the criteria for the Russia Highly Skilled Specialist Visa listed and explained in order:

Qualification Requirements

If you wish to move to Russia as a highly skilled specialist, you need to have the required qualifications. Russian authorities have specified the qualifications you should meet according to the position you are offered in Russia. These qualifications include education and work experience, as follows:

  • Director (general director, managing director)
    • Higher education
    • at least 5 years of work experience in senior/management positions in trade
  • Deputy finance director (finance director)
    • Higher education (Economics)
    • at least 5 years of work experience in finance and accounting, including in senior/management positions
  • Deputy commercial director
    • Higher education (Economics)
    • at least 5 years of work experience in senior/management positions
  • Deputy HR director
    • Higher education
    • at least 5 years of work experience in HR senior/management and other HR positions
  • Head of department (trade)
    • Higher education
    • at least 5 years of work experience in trade

Salary Requirements

The Russian authorities have set a minimal salary bench for those wishing to work here as HQS.  As a rule, the monthly salary should be at least RUB 167,000. Some categories of HQS have been set with a special minimum salary requirement:

  • A monthly RUB 58,500 for employees in technology development special economic zones in:
    • Dubna
    • Moscow (Zelenograd, Zelenograd technology development special economic zone)
    • Petersburg (Strelna, Noydorf special economic zone)
    • Tomsk
  • A monthly RUB 83,500 for HQS hired in the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol.
  • No salary amount required for employees involved in Skolkovo project.
  • A monthly RUB 83,500 for HQS working as academic researchers or teachers, engaged in conducting research or teaching.
  • An annual RUB 1 million for HQS working as medical, teaching or research workers, engaged in their respective field in an international medical cluster.

How to Apply for a Russia Highly Skilled Specialist Visa?

When applying for a Russia work visa as a highly skilled specialist, follows these quick and simple steps

  1. Check if you qualify for the Russian Highly Skilled Migrant visa. Make sure you have the working experience and education you need for this visa.
  2. Get a job in Russia. Get a job in Russia that meets the salary and job position requirements.
  3. Get the Invitation (Visa Support). Ask your employer for an invitation to work as a highly qualified specialist in Russia.
  4. Complete the online application form. You can find this form at the website of the Russian
  5. Collect the required documents for an HQS visa. You can find a list of these documents below in this article.
  6. Submit your application. You will have to apply in person at either a Russian Consulate or Visa Processing Center.
  7. Wait for the processing of your visa. Upon having completed all these procedures, wait for a decision on your application. The embassy may ask you to submit extra documents if they see it necessary. They may even invite you for an interview.

Required Documents for Russia Highly Skilled Specialist Visa

When applying for a Russia work visa as a highly skilled specialist, you should gather several documents for your Russia visa application. These documents are quite similar to those required for a normal work visa. There are still additional requirements and specifications.

The required documents for a Russia Highly Skilled Specialist Visa are:

  • Visa invitation of the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation. For this kind of Russia work visa, only invitations by the Ministry of Interior are accepted. Submit the invitation in original in paper or electronic form. Your employer in Russia is responsible to get this invitation for you.
  • Letter of Employer. You should submit a letter written and signed by your employer in Russia. It should give full details on their company/organization and your job position.
  • HIV Test (AIDS) Certificate. This test must be taken within the last three months before application. It should still be valid for 15- 30 days on the day of your application.
  • Health insurance policy document. This requirement is only for citizens of EU countries, Iran, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland. The document must be issued by a foreign insurance company or a Russian insurance company and contain:
    • Your full name.
    • The date when the agreement was signed.
    • The policy number and full details of the insurer.
    • The dates of validity. Note that for single entry and double entry visas the policy must cover the entire period of stay in Russia. On the other hand, for multiple-entry visas it must cover the duration of the first trip.
    • The list of medical services that the insurance covers, including repatriation in case of death.
    • The geographical area coverage the insurance covers. It must include Russia.
  • For Australian citizens. Detailed autobiography in Russian language only.

Russia Highly Skilled Specialist Visa Fee

The costs of a work visa for Russia depend on a few factors, which are:

  • Your nationality.
  • The period within which you want your visa processed.

Check the Russia Visa Costs to find out how much you need to pay for a work visa to Russia as a HQS!

How Long Does It Take to Get a Russia Highly Skilled Specialist Visa?

The average processing time for a Russia Visa 10 days. However, the processing can take from seven to 20 working days. Expedited processing is available for those who want a visa within three working days. Applicants that want to enjoy the expedited processing will need to pay a higher fee.