SUSU International Students Can Be Employed without a Work Permit

Starting from August 5th, international students will be able to work in Russia without a work permit or patent.

Federal Law No. 16-ФЗ as of February 6, 2020 introduced amendments to the law On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation. In particular, the procedure of employment of foreigners, studying in full-time mode in professional educational institutions and universities on the territory of the Russian Federation is being simplified. The law comes into force on August 5, 2020.

“Earlier, it was not easy for me to get employed in Russia. The first problem was that I was not registered at the place of stay; and the second was the knowledge of the Russian language. Now, thanks to the law on the possibility of getting employed without a work permit, I am planning to find a job. It is a perfect opportunity to earn money, gain experience and learn the Russian language!” says Ahmed Musa, SUSU student from Egypt.

Students, who want to work in their free-from-studying time, will be able to get employed without a work permit or patent. Accordingly, their employer will not need to obtain permission to hire foreigners.

International students will be able to work in free-from-studying time. Requirements:

  • full-time student;
  • study in a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or postgraduate programme;
  • study in a state-certified programme.

This change will allow international students, who are studying in Russia, to gain practical skills in the chosen profession. Moreover, upon obtaining practical experience, it will be easier for international students to find a job after graduation; and after working for only a year in Russia, an international student will be able to apply for Russian citizenship.

Note! If an international student completes or gives up studies, his/her current employment contract shall be terminated.Article 13.4 of the Law on Migrants, which stipulates the specifics of the labour activity of international full-time students, will cease to be in force.

Marina Kovyazina
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