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Work Opportunities for International Students in Russia

According to a recently passed Russian law, full-time international students taking state-accredited degree programs at professional and higher education institutions may legally work in Russia on the basis of their student visa.

The student must obtain a work permit before officially beginning work in most cases.

A work permit is not required for:

  • Students of professional and higher education institutions working during vacations,
  • Students of professional and higher education institutions working at such professional and higher education institutions or business entities established by the budgetary or autonomous educational institution they are enrolled in.

The work permit application must be filed with the local office of the Russian Federal Migration Service of Russia serving the area in which the student’s visa is registered.

The work permit can be issued for the term of active labor agreement, but not exceeding one year, and may be prolonged repeatedly on the same conditions. The work permit will be invalidated upon the termination of the student’s enrolment in the related educational institution.

International students do not need any permits if they are employed at universities (or affiliated organisations) outside class time (including vacations).