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RUSSIA – Kyrgyz Nationals No Longer Require Work Patents

Effective 12 August 2015, the agreement on the accession of Kyrgyzstan to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) came into force. Membership of the EEU means that Kyrgyz nationals can now work in Russia, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan without the need for a work permit or patent.

What Are the Benefits?

Kyrgyz nationals entering Russia for work are now exempt from requiring a work patent (an employment authorisation process introduced in January 2015 for nationals of member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Along with Armenians, Belarusians and Kazakhs, Kyrgyz nationals no longer need to undergo the immigration medical check, the Russian language and knowledge examination and the fingerprinting appointment which are required for the work patent application process. Moreover, Kyrgyz nationals staying in Russia for less than 30 days are now exempt from registration with the Federal Migration Service (UFMS). For nationals of non-EEU countries, registration must be completed within seven days of arrival in Russia.


The Eurasian Economic Union introduces the free movement of goods, capital, services and people and provides for common transport, agriculture and energy policies, with provisions for a single currency and greater integration in the future. The Treaty was signed by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in 2014, and came into effect on 1 January 2015. Armenia’s accession treaty came into force on 2 January 2015.

Action Items

  • Ensure that planning for Kyrgyz nationals to work in Russia takes into account the new easier process.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Vista Foreign Business Support.

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