Change to dependent status rules will not affect HQS permit holders

30 Mar 21

RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Russia has stopped granting dependent status to family members of foreign nationals coming to the country on standard work permits.

Key Points:

  • Family members of standard work permit holders will no longer be able to obtain dependent visas. Dependent family members will be able to visit Russia for up to 90 days on guest or tourist visas; however, issuance of these visas is significantly limited at this time because of COVID-19.
  • Family members of standard work permit holders who currently have a dependent visa will be permitted to maintain their status, but will not be eligible to apply for renewed status when their visas expire.
  • Family members of Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) Permit holders will still be permitted to obtain dependent visas.

Analysis & Comments: While the change will restrict the ability of some family members to live and work in Russia, it will have a minimal impact on high-skilled workers because it does not apply to HQS permit holders.

Rest of World Source: Deloitte. Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”), its global network of member firms, and their related entities. DTTL (also referred to as “Deloitte Global”) and each of its member firms are legally separate and independent entities. DTTL does not provide services to clients. Please see www.deloitte.com/about to learn more. Deloitte Legal means the legal practices of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited member firms or their affiliates that provide legal services. For legal, regulatory and other reasons, not all member firms provide legal services. This includes Deloitte Tax LLP in the United States, which does not provide legal and/or immigration advice or services. This communication contains general information only, and none of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, its member firms or their related entities (collectively, the “Deloitte network”) is, by means of this communication, rendering professional advice or services. Before making any decision or taking any action that may affect your finances or your business, you should consult a qualified professional adviser. No entity in the Deloitte network shall be responsible for any loss whatsoever sustained by any person who relies on this communication. © 2021. For information, contact Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.