RUSSIA: More Companies Allowed to Employ Turkish Nationals

On 19th October 2016, the Russian Government extended the lists of employers which are not prohibited from hiring Turkish nationals, as established by Decree No.1015 of 7th October 2016.

For the updated list of companies which are allowed to employ Turkish nationals, see here.

Since 1st January 2016, it is prohibited to employ Turkish nationals on the territory of the Russian Federation. The ban does not apply to employment agreements which already existed when the ban became effective. The Russian government has established a list of employers which are allowed to employ Turkish nationals.

In addition, since 1st January Turkish nationals are no longer able to enter Russia without a visa.

Our advice

Any plans to send Turkish nationals to Russia for work must be considered in light of these sanctions and the list of companies permitted to employ them.

The status of Turkish national work permit holders in Russia should be monitored closely, especially when their work permits expire.

Any Turkish national intending to enter Russia must obtain an appropriate visa before travel.

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