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scheik
23-12-2008, 13:10
I am an Indian citizen, currently working as a Clinical Research Specialist for a Swiss company in Moscow. My work permit and visa is going to expire on 31st jan 2009. My employer informed me today that the extension of work permit and visa WITHOUT leaving Russia before 31st Jan is not possible. It seems, the Russian immigration rules have changed recently and they have cut down the annual work permit quota for foreign nationals. So every foreigner who is currently in Russia on work permit will have to leave the country before the visa expiration and apply for next year’s quota the same way first time was applied.
My employer is ready to do everything possible from their end and offered to invite me on fresh business visa valid for 3 months which can be converted to work visa on arrival for 1 year. The harrowing experience of going through the process all over again is awful.
Could anybody please shade some light on this issue? Is it really impossible to extend the work permit and visa while remaining in Russia (without leaving Russia)? Is there any other feasible option?
Your help/advice would be highly appreciated.

Matt24
23-12-2008, 13:55
Does seem to be true, my HR people have pulled every contact they could think of, we've even spoken to bodies at ministerial levels, and I still have to leave the country, (for me next tuesday). Chill man, your company is being supportive, enjoy the break, the good news is nobody is picking on you, trauma can be greatly relieved once you accept it's inevitability.

Seasons greetings

Matt

scheik
23-12-2008, 14:57
Thanks for your support Matt. Is there really no way out ? My company did all paperwork through a private immigration firm when i came to Moscow for the first time. The worst thing is the imigration law is very ambiguous and keeps changing all the time.
I request all the forum mebers to provide some advice.
Best regards

is4fun
23-12-2008, 17:34
There is nothing that can be done sorry to say. You must leave the country before your visa expires. If you leave late, the border authority will not let you out of the country and you will be asked to get things sorted out in Moscow through your embassy. They will apply for a travel permit to leave the country. Expect a couple of weeks for this to happen. If this happens it will definitely be a problem getting another visa. I am sure one was never allowed to extend a visa while in Russia. The whole process starts again. Surely your employer was on top of this as it will take at least three months to issue a new work visa. My visa expires in March and I started the process last week. I would not worry too much about the reduction in visa quotas, 2009 will have fewer foreigners working due to the financial crisis and many of the visas which will be denied will be in areas where the financial crises affects most.

tgma
25-12-2008, 11:23
We started the process back in October (visas run out in late December) and it seems that there are a lot of new rules and procedures, and it's much harder to get new work permits. Also, it seems like this year, you start the process as if from scratch - i.e. the fact that you had a work permit last year does not entitle you to one this year.
In the past, my perception was that it just rolled over, and you could get a new multi-entry visa without leaving the country. Now our lawyers are telling us they had to reapply for our work permits (means getting a new set of medical tests). The latest is that although they had promised us new work permits by the time the old ones expired (we applied three months in advance) this is now delayed by a month, because the FMS is moving buildings.
We also got an ominous warning that they are rejecting applications. This may be related to Putin's statement in his TV interview that he was giving instructions to halve the quota of work permits for foreigners, because Russians were losing their jobs.

In short, it looks a bit of a clusterfcuk, although I have not heard about a lot of companies having this problem. I was talking to the HR department of a big Swiss bank, and they didn't give the impression they have big problems. So it may only be at the smaller end of the scale that there is a problem.

Having said that, this is my tenth year living in Russia. Every year the rules seem to change, and it never gets easier. We used to just get multi-entry visas, then they closed that loophole, so we went legit, and registered our company, and got proper work permits, and now that seems to be impossible too. My friends in China say that it's much, much easier to get these things done there. I really give a hollow laugh when Medvedev says they want to turn Russia into a major financial centre - where will the money go? To Dubai, where the process is painless, or to Russia, where a fund manager with hundreds of millions of dollars under management has to prove every year that he doesn't have leprosy?

nvbajpai
13-02-2009, 13:29
Hi! I really don’t think I can provide you any help on this, instead I need some help frm you! I will relocate to Moscow (from India), in May 2009, along with my husband. I have approximately 9 years of experience in Clinical Research/ Clinical Data Management, in both Pharmaceutical Company & CRO. Can you suggest that how can I find job for myself in this field in Russia.

QmisterX
17-02-2009, 20:51
I am an Indian citizen, currently working as a Clinical Research Specialist for a Swiss company in Moscow. My work permit and visa is going to expire on 31st jan 2009. My employer informed me today that the extension of work permit and visa WITHOUT leaving Russia before 31st Jan is not possible. It seems, the Russian immigration rules have changed recently and they have cut down the annual work permit quota for foreign nationals. So every foreigner who is currently in Russia on work permit will have to leave the country before the visa expiration and apply for next year’s quota the same way first time was applied.
My employer is ready to do everything possible from their end and offered to invite me on fresh business visa valid for 3 months which can be converted to work visa on arrival for 1 year. The harrowing experience of going through the process all over again is awful.
Could anybody please shade some light on this issue? Is it really impossible to extend the work permit and visa while remaining in Russia (without leaving Russia)? Is there any other feasible option?
Your help/advice would be highly appreciated.
So have you solved your problem and how?

James22
02-03-2009, 21:39
Just to make it clear as far as I understand it

If you get a 3-month business visaand return to Russian and then get a work permit - you CANNOT change it to a multi entry visa - you must then go outside the country and get a work 3-month visa and upon returning can covert that to a visa that expires when your work permit expires

mitam77
02-03-2009, 22:50
If any body has any Work Permit issues ...let me know and I can point you in the right direction -to somebody who is good in solving Work Permit issues.