here will be 410,126 work permit quota numbers available nationwide in 2013. The official list of quota-exempt occupations has also been released. The Russian government has announced that the overall work permit quota for 2013 is 410,126 approximately 50,000 less than the 2012 quota. Employers can now begin to submit their work permit and invitation letter applications for the year.


How the Quota Is Allocated
The overall quota of 410,126 is distributed among the various regions of the Russian Federation. Moscow will be allocated 21,445 quota numbers and St. Petersburg will be allocated 27,337. Russian authorities further allocate quota numbers to employers based on their applications of projected need for foreign workers.
Employers who have not yet submitted quota allocation applications for 2013 or whose applications were not accepted may now submit applications for quota amendments to the Labor Exchange Center.
Quota-Exempt Occupations
The Russian government also released the list of occupations that will be quota-exempt in 2013. Foreign nationals sponsored for new or renewed work authorization for any of the positions listed below do not require a quota number. However, even though these occupations are exempt from the quota, employers are still required to give priority to Russian applicants for any of the listed positions.

  • Chairman of the Board
  • Deputy Chairman of the Board
  • Director (head) of a branch office
  • Director (head, executive) of an enterprise
  • Director (head, representative) of a directorship
  • Director of a factory
  • Director of a firm
  • Director of a joint enterprise
  • Director of a joint stock company
  • Director of a plant
  • Director of economic affairs
  • Director of a department
  • General director of a joint enterprise
  • General director of a joint stock company
  • General director of a production facility
  • General director of an enterprise
  • General director of an inter-industry scientific venture
  • General director of general directorship
  • Head of the representative office
  • President of a consortium (e.g., consolidated group, corporation) (socio-economic organization)
  • Senior principal engineer of a project
  • Senior principal engineer in industry
  • Design engineer
  • Engineer for an automatic process control system
  • Engineer for a production control system
  • Engineer for production management and control
  • Engineer for realization of new technology
  • Engineer of automation and mechanization of production procedures
  • Engineer-welder
  • Quality engineer
  • Setting and testing engineer
  • Setting and testing technician
  • Sound engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • IT security engineer
  • Pre-production engineer
  • Drilling technician
  • Technician
  • Ringmaster
  • Circus performer
  • Actor
  • Art director
  • Artist-musician (opera and chamber)
  • Artist-musician (principal)
  • Ballet coach
  • Ballet master
  • Ballet performer
  • Ballet performer (principal)
  • Band Director
  • Choreograph
  • Deputy art-director
  • Deputy production-director
  • Orchestra performer
  • Production director
  • Sound supervisor
  • Stage manager
  • Stunt coordinator
  • Symphony (chamber) orchestra performer