Ukrainians no longer require work authorization in Russia

Please be informed of the decree of the president of Russia, which allows citizens of Ukraine, and holders of passports of Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (hereinafter LPR, DPR) to stay in Russia for an unlimited period of time and work in Russia without work permits or patents effective 27 August 2022.


Which laws introduce the changes?


Decree (link in russian) of the President of the Russian Federation No. 585 dated 27.08.2022


What are the changes?


1. Citizens of Ukraine, and LPR/DPR passport holders may temporarily stay in Russia with no limit on the duration of stay as well as work in Russia without work permits or patents regardless of the purpose of entry at the condition of passing medical checkup and fingerprinting procedures.

Employers, in their turn, may employ such citizens without work authorization at the condition that such employees present a document confirming that they have passed the fingerprinting procedure.

2. Citizens of Ukraine, and LPR/DPR passport holders who already hold valid work permits or patents may work under the terms of the decree after their work permit or patent expires or is cancelled.

3. Citizens of Ukraine, and LPR/DPR passport holders who have arrived in Russia before the decree took force and who are already working in Russia but have not passed medical checkup and fingerprinting yet, must do so within 30 days from the date of the decree’s entry into force.

4. Employers are still obliged to notify the authorities when they conclude or terminate a labour or cervices contract with the specified citizens. In addition to this, employers who have concluded such contracts but have not filed a notification with the authorities must do so within 10 calendar days from the date of the decree’s entry into force.

5. Citizens of Ukraine, and LPR/DPR passport holders are not subject to decisions on administrative expulsion from Russia, deportation, ban on entry or reduction of the allowed period of stay in Russia (with few specific exceptions).

6. A citizens of Ukraine, and LPR/DPR passport holders will lose all rights granted by the decree in case it is determined that they are threatening the national security, conducting extremist activities, have submitted fake documents or knowingly false information about themselves.


Intermark Comment

We are receiving reports from our team that the Moscow migration department has ceased to accept and process work permit applications for Ukrainian nationals. We are expecting similar decisions to be announced in other Russian regions.

Employees who already hold HQS work permits may keep their HQS status and benefits associated with it until the expiry of their permits. In case of necessity a work permit may be intentionally cancelled based on an official request submitted by an employee to the authority of issue.

Employees holding work patents, aiming to switch to work without a patent, may stop making advance tax payments (in which case a work patent expires after the pre-paid period expires) or submit a request to cancel their work patent.

Who is affected by the changes?

Citizens of Ukraine, and LPR/DPR passport holders staying or working in Russia

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