Work while Studying in Russia

Previously, the Russian government was not allowing foreign students to work while studying in Russia. But, with the increasing numbers of international students coming to Russia and increased economic activity, the Russian authorities have taken a new procedure to grant a special work permit to the foreign students.

This procedure is not only to enable international students to work legally, but also to be able to get the necessary professional experience in the Russian companies.

Work Permit for Foreign Students in Russia

Work permits are only issued for full-time students in the universities that have state accreditation. All the government universities and most of the private ones have this accreditation.

However, the student’s work has to be the same as it is in the work permit and within the area or city of the university where he/she studies.

Work Permit Validity

Work permits for foreign students are valid for one year. They have to extend it after the end of the year. In case the student dropped out, the work permit would be canceled.


As for changing the place of work during the permit’s validity, the student can do this easily without the need to get a new permit. The student shall only inform the migration service with the changes in no more than 7 days.

Required Documents

It became easier for international students to obtain a work permit after the decrease in the number of required documents.

Indeed, the regional office of the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia is the authority responsible for the issuance of the permit. The following documents are required so that the foreign student can study and work in Russia:

  • Passport
  • Migration card
  • Receipt of fee payment (3,500 roubles)
  • Employment contract
  • Medical certificate confirming HIV-negative status, no infectious diseases, or drug addiction
  • A statement from a university confirming that the student has joined on a basic full-time course

What If the Student Worked Without a Permit?

The foreign students who work without a permit face financial penalties that range between 2,000 and 5,000 roubles. Moreover, in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Leningrad regions, the student may face a penalty of 5,000-7,000 roubles and deportation from Russia.

Now that you know that you can work while studying in Russia, check also the following articles:

Top universities in Russia
How to enroll in a Russian University
Student accommodation in Russia

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