Working in Russia: watch out for the insurance holes

Work visa come in three flavors: the foreigner under a quota, the foreigner in functions without quota and the Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS). The application procedure is lengthy for the first two categories (3-5 months in practice) and cumbersome: it involves various stringent medical tests which must be taken in Russia, prior to receiving the work permit. Some Western hospitals in Moscow have streamlined the tests and for a mere 400 Euro they will in 2-3 hours take samples of practically all body fluids, photograph your lungs and, of course, subject you to an interview with a psychiatrist who may ask your opinion on homosexuality. If you are determined to “go local” with the medical tests, take a good book with you so you can read while sitting it out in the queues.

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