Quota-Exempt Professions for 2012 Approved


The list[1] of quota-exempt professions of foreign employees for 2012 has been published on 8 February 2012 and will come into legal force on 18 February 2012.

Employers may apply for work permits for professions included in the list even if they have not filed an application for a quota of foreign employees for 2012 or their application was declined.

Employers may obtain work permits for foreign citizens and hire them without having a quota to employ foreign employees for work in the following professions and positions: general director of a joint stock company (association, enterprise), director of a branch, director of a representative office, chairman/deputy chairman of the management board (executive committee), director of economics, director of department, chief engineer etc. In total the list includes 41 professions and positions.

Comparing with the last year, the list was extended. Now the list includes such professions as welding engineer, development engineer, technician, etc.

The list will be valid only until the end of 2012. We would recommend employers who plan to hire foreign employees in 2013 to file a quota application for next year before May 1, 2012.

[1] Order of the Russian Ministry for Healthcare and Social Development №1653n dated December 27, 2011 «On approval of the list of professions (positions) for foreign citizens-qualified specialists, who are employed in their professions (specializations), to which the quota requirement does not extend, for 2012».

For further information please contact in Moscow +7 495 787 27 00 Igor Makarov, Arthur Abouzov , Elena Kukushkina or in Saint-Petersburg +7 812 303 90 00 Maxim Kalinin.

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