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Getting an employment visa: Work Permit in Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is a major trade gateway and Russia’s financial and industrial center, with specialties in oil and gas trade, shipbuilding yards, aerospace industry, technology, including radio, electronics, software, and computers; machine building, heavy machinery, and transport, including tanks and other military equipment; mining; instrument manufacture; ferrous and nonferrous metallurgy (production of aluminum alloys); chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and agrochemicals. Lessner, along with Russo-Baltic, was one of Russia’s two pioneering automobile manufacturers then.

Breweries and distilleries abound in Saint Petersburg. Due to the supply and quality of local water, it is known as Russia’s “beer capital,” with five huge brewers producing over 30% of the country’s domestic beer. Baltika, Europe’s second-largest brewery, Vena (both owned by BBH), Heineken Brewery, Stepan Razin (also owned by Heineken), and Tinkoff brewery are among them (SUN-InBev).

Saint Petersburg is a significant transportation hub. The city’s transportation infrastructure has kept up with the city’s growth since the first Russian railway was established here in 1837. Petersburg boasts a well-developed network of local roads and railways, as well as a significant public transportation system that includes the Saint Petersburg tram and the Saint Petersburg Metro, and many riverine services that transport passengers around the city quickly and comfortably.

Saint Petersburg canal

How do you get a work permit

For the period of your visa, you can get a work permit (maximum one year, but it is renewable). You can seek Russian citizenship after 5 years, but it’s a long and difficult process.

What kinds of visas are available

  • Tourist visas, single/double entry, are for those who will be in Moscow for a short time and will not be working.
  • Single/double-entry and multiple-entry business visas are available for those relocating to the area for business purposes.

What is required to obtain these visas

  • Tourist visa, single or double entry: passport copy and dates of stay
  • Business Visa, single/double entry: passport copy and information about the company
  • Business Visa multiple entries: passport copy and information about the company

The documents required for an application in the nation of origin vary by country. For additional information, contact your local embassy.

Are spouses permitted and/or likely to find work

Yes, they are permitted, but their chances of getting work to depend on the field they desire to pursue.

What are the most common ways to prove who you are, and how does a newcomer get them

Passport and visa registration; depending on your firm, a permit may be necessary to enter your office building. You can register your visa at a local office; ask your landlord where to go and carry your rental contract as proof of residence.

Are there any other important permits I must obtain, or places where I must register right away

A work permit is required to work in St. Petersburg. It takes about 5 months to apply for one, and you can do so through one of five distinct government agencies. Keep in mind that your organization must be registered with the Russian Federation or one of its territories to receive a work permit.

What should I avoid bringing into the country

Don’t bring plants.

Is there anything else I should know about legally entering and staying in the country

Upon arrival, you must register your visa within 72 hours. Also, have a copy of your passport registration with you at all times.

What are the most important things to consider while renting in your city

Housing in St. Petersburg is in high demand, making it both difficult to come by and prohibitively expensive. Families with children tend to prefer living in compounds outside of the city center, whilst those without children appear to prefer staying within the city borders.

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