Immigration preferences for foreign IT specialists now in effect

Please be informed that the President of Russia has signed the Federal Law, which allows foreign IT specialists employed in Russia by accredited IT companies to work without work permits and to obtain permanent residence permits in Russia based on such employment.

The law entered into force on June 28, 2022. You can read it at the following link (in Russian).

Which law introduces the changes?

Federal Law No. 207-FZ dated 28.06.2022 "On Amendments to the Federal Law "On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation"

What are the changes?

1. IT companies accredited as such with the Ministry of Digital Development and Mass Communication of Russia will be able to employ foreign IT specialists without work permits.

2. IT specialists employed by such companies (with exception to residents of specific economic zones) will be eligible to obtain permanent residence permits without the precondition of temporary residence in Russia during 1 year. Such permanent residence permit will be linked to IT specialist status, meaning that it will be subject to cancellation if the IT specialist terminates employment with one IT company and is not hired by another within next 30 business days or if such company loses its accreditation.

3. The same conditions of obtaining permanent residence permits will apply to family members of an IT specialist (spouses, children, parents, spouses of children, spouses of parents, grandparents, grandchildren).

Who will be affected?

IT companies and foreign nationals employed in Russia as IT specialists.

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