Russia’s Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) program allows companies in Russia to employ foreign national workers for up to three years (renewable) with various benefits including a simplified application process and exemption from quotas.
Salary notifications for Highly Qualified Specialists (HQS) are due by July 31, 2023. Employers have until this date to report to the migration authorities the salaries of HQS foreign national employees for the first quarter of 2023 (April 1, to June 30).
- Quarterly notifications must be submitted to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) within 30 days of the end of each quarter, and the reported salary should be at least RUB 167,000 per calendar month or RUB 501,000 per quarter.
- Violation of the established notification procedure may lead to administrative fines on the employer.
- Failure to pay the salary in the minimum amount established for HQS may lead to the company being banned from employing new HQS employees for two years.
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