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Platonov
23-12-2011, 11:12
Hello,
Recently I have run into a work issue here in Moscow and I am looking for advice from those more seasoned how Russia works. Sometime ago I received a job offer to work for a multinational company in Moscow. After months of waiting in the US, I received a business visa, arrived in the company office, and found out that the foreigner who had wanted to hire me was gone and my position had changed. I stuck it out and signed a contract which was to be given to me and to commence at the point when I would receive a work permit. I asked when that would be. They were already working on the work permission, and everything would be cleared up in 3 months, I was told. So I continued with good intentions and good will. After a month I received the news that my work permit application had been rejected. After much discussion (and another month) the decision was made that the company could not set me up to be paid and that they would have to end my employment, which was never official anyway.
If anyone has any advice for what to do in this situation, any possible job leads, or would like more details, please PM me. I would really appreciate the help as I would like to stay in Moscow. Thank you.

SV1973a
23-12-2011, 12:08
Hello,
Recently I have run into a work issue here in Moscow and I am looking for advice from those more seasoned how Russia works. Sometime ago I received a job offer to work for a multinational company in Moscow. After months of waiting in the US, I received a business visa, arrived in the company office, and found out that the foreigner who had wanted to hire me was gone and my position had changed. I stuck it out and signed a contract which was to be given to me and to commence at the point when I would receive a work permit. I asked when that would be. They were already working on the work permission, and everything would be cleared up in 3 months, I was told. So I continued with good intentions and good will. After a month I received the news that my work permit application had been rejected. After much discussion (and another month) the decision was made that the company could not set me up to be paid and that they would have to end my employment, which was never official anyway.
If anyone has any advice for what to do in this situation, any possible job leads, or would like more details, please PM me. I would really appreciate the help as I would like to stay in Moscow. Thank you.

What kind of multinational might that be ???
So, you have been working without getting any pay ?

moscowmail
23-12-2011, 12:41
Hello,
Recently I have run into a work issue here in Moscow and I am looking for advice from those more seasoned how Russia works. Sometime ago I received a job offer to work for a multinational company in Moscow. After months of waiting in the US, I received a business visa, arrived in the company office, and found out that the foreigner who had wanted to hire me was gone and my position had changed. I stuck it out and signed a contract which was to be given to me and to commence at the point when I would receive a work permit. I asked when that would be. They were already working on the work permission, and everything would be cleared up in 3 months, I was told. So I continued with good intentions and good will. After a month I received the news that my work permit application had been rejected. After much discussion (and another month) the decision was made that the company could not set me up to be paid and that they would have to end my employment, which was never official anyway.
If anyone has any advice for what to do in this situation, any possible job leads, or would like more details, please PM me. I would really appreciate the help as I would like to stay in Moscow. Thank you.

I don't think there is much you can do but rely on the good will (if any) of the company, they may be able to pay you for the work you did (if any) offshore officially, depending on them, if a multi national company then they have a certain obligation towards you, morally if not legally

You could try and apply for TRP but that is a lengthy process and I am not sure that will be enough, usually a PRP would suffice to employ you as a local

Seek legal advice I think, first talk to the HR department

ilya25
24-12-2011, 02:20
Hello,
Recently I have run into a work issue here in Moscow and I am looking for advice from those more seasoned how Russia works. Sometime ago I received a job offer to work for a multinational company in Moscow. After months of waiting in the US, I received a business visa, arrived in the company office, and found out that the foreigner who had wanted to hire me was gone and my position had changed. I stuck it out and signed a contract which was to be given to me and to commence at the point when I would receive a work permit. I asked when that would be. They were already working on the work permission, and everything would be cleared up in 3 months, I was told. So I continued with good intentions and good will. After a month I received the news that my work permit application had been rejected. After much discussion (and another month) the decision was made that the company could not set me up to be paid and that they would have to end my employment, which was never official anyway.
If anyone has any advice for what to do in this situation, any possible job leads, or would like more details, please PM me. I would really appreciate the help as I would like to stay in Moscow. Thank you.

Your nickname is Russian. Don't you have a Russian citizenship by any chance? If not unfortunately they cannot hire you in Russia w/o work permit This usually a condition of employment contract with foreigners. So they should not have asked you to perform work related tasks if contract did not start otherwise it was illigal employment So the only suggestion that I have ask them the docs confirming that they applied for work permit for you and check why the application was denied (there is a list of possible reasons for that) What are your claims in this situation? Do you want your perspective employer to do what?

Platonov
26-12-2011, 12:01
Thanks for the advice. My permit was rejected because I had not been entered in the foreign employee quotas for the year to work.

I am less concerned about looking back and more about looking forward. I have sent my resume to a few recruiters and am looking on hh.ru, but I would be glad to hear any other suggestions. My background is in management consulting, mostly FMCG and consumer research related, but I am flexible if the job could fit and I could stay in Moscow. I'm not Russian; I'm American, but I speak a decent amount of Russian.

ilya25
27-12-2011, 02:32
Thanks for the advice. My permit was rejected because I had not been entered in the foreign employee quotas for the year to work.

I am less concerned about looking back and more about looking forward. I have sent my resume to a few recruiters and am looking on hh.ru, but I would be glad to hear any other suggestions. My background is in management consulting, mostly FMCG and consumer research related, but I am flexible if the job could fit and I could stay in Moscow. I'm not Russian; I'm American, but I speak a decent amount of Russian.

There are quota free positions (mostly managarial), also if you can get a status of highly-qualified specialist (annual salary above 2 mln) it is a more simplified process of getting WP

Usually foreigners move to Russia via intra-company transfer so you d better get a job at a head office and then relocate here

Another option -try international consulting companies - maybe you will find anything there

Good luck

PS Why do you want to work in Russia?

Platonov
27-12-2011, 12:06
I imagine it would be difficult to find a job in the US that would hire and immediately relocate me to Russia. My goal is to stay here and work in a different market for a few years before returning to the States. I've been interested in Russia since my university days, hence the user name.

Andreas K.
04-01-2012, 14:44
My recommendation is to consult a specialised attorney on the matter.