International students following full-time degree programmes in state-accredited universities are now allowed to work in their free time without obtaining a work permit.

Starting from 5 August 2020, a foreign national who studies in Russia on a full-time basis in an educational organisation of higher education that has state accreditation to conduct degree programmes has the right to work in their spare time without obtaining a work permit or patent. This includes work outside the regions of the Russian Federation where such foreign nationals study.

The employment procedure for foreign citizens studying in Russia has been significantly modified by the Federal Law No 16-FZ of 6 February 2020 that introduced amendments to Federal Law No 115-FZ of 25 July 2002 'On the legal status of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation'.

To conclude an employment or civil law contract for the performance of work (provision of services) with an employer, a foreign citizen studying in the Russian Federation must submit a confirmation of their status as a student from a higher education organisation. In order to obtain such confirmation, the student should contact the Academic Department of their institution. Should a foreign citizen have completed or stopped studying, the employment or civil law contract concluded with them is subject to termination.