The 2012 list of quota-free professions/positions for foreign citizens now approved.


Law firm Goltsblat BLP informs that Order of the Ministry for Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 №1653н was adopted (hereinafter the “Order”), which approves the List of professions (specialties, positions) for which an entity can employ foreign nationals in 2012 without mandatory prior quota allocation. The Order comes into force on 19 February 2012.

The list of professions (specialties, positions) for 2012 approved by the Order has been expanded and includes 41 non-quota positions (compared to that for 2011 which included 32 positions).

2012 list contains invariable management positions such as President of an association, General Director of a joint stock company, General Director of an enterprise, Director of a department, Director of a branch, etc. Also 2012 list was expanded by adding of certain engineering and technical professions such as welding engineer, technician-technologist, technician for set-up and testing, etc.

Please remember that an entity may employ foreign citizens (obtain the requisite work authorization documents) only within the quota approved for each year by Order of the Russian Government and allocated to the given entity pursuant to a relevant application being submitted by 1 May of the preceding year at the latest. For 2012, the Russian Government approved 460,510 invitations to enter the Russian Federation for employment purposes and 1,745,584 work permits (Order of the Russian Government dated 3 November 2011 №892).

The full list of positions that do not require prior quota allocation in 2012 can be found here.

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