Work Opportunities for International Students in Russia
To work in Russia, foreign citizens must be of majority age (18+ years) and hold the relevant permit from the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia.
In all other cases, a permit is required. Permits are issued only to students on full-time courses at state-accredited universities. Students can work only according to the profession specified in the permit, and in the region (city) where their university is located.
If a student changes their job before the end of the term of the current permit, they may work under this document at their next place of employment, but they must inform the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia of such changes.
From 2014, it has become easier for international students to arrange a work permit: the number of documents required has decreased and the processing term is now shorter (down to 10 working days).
The permit is issued by the regional office of the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia, where the following documents need to be submitted:
- Migration card
- Receipt of fee payment (3,500 roubles in 2018)
- Employment contract
- Certificate confirming HIV-negative status, no infectious diseases or drug addiction
- A statement from a university confirming that the student is enrolled on a basic full-time course