Foreign students granted increased work rights in Russia

Foreign students granted increased work rights in Russia

Russia has approved a new law which will significantly improve the work rights available to foreign students pursuing education in the country.

The new law will allow foreign students more flexibility in obtaining employment and lift restrictions currently in place on working during education.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the green signal to a new law which will simplify work rights of foreign students, which, at present, mandates that foreign students can only seek employment without a work permit at their state-accredited university during their free time or during their days off.

With the work rights granted by the new law, foreign students will be able to find jobs in Russia based on a decreased list of required documents and as a result, they will not be subjected to the work-permit quota.

Employers will also be exempted from certain obligations and will be able to attract potential employees.

Speaking to Global Education Times, Fatimat Karashaeva, Head of Foreign Faculty Support Centre at one of Russia’s leading technological institutions ITMO University, said that she believes with the introduction of this law, it will help international students integrate into the life of their cities, experience a variety of roles, and take on interesting jobs.

Karashaeva also said this law will allow students to be able to support themselves, and they won’t have to rely on their savings and/or their parents’ help.

Impact of more Russia work rights on foreign students

In November last year, we had reported that Russia wants to attract more than 7,000 foreign students to its universities by 2021 in order to develop the country’s digital literacy.

It is anticipated that this move could help make Russia more attractive to international students.

When asked about the impact of this law, ITMO University’s Karashaeva told GET News: “We hope that this new law will help our students to find work in their future professions and prepare them for their careers after university. This is a great opportunity which will give much freedom and independence to our students.

“[However] with all the positive aspects that this law brings, there’s a slight concern that the international students, who already have a hard task of studying in an unfamiliar setting in a different culture, once they take on their long-awaited jobs in the city, will be distracted from their classes – and their academic excellence may be somewhat negatively affected.”

Last year, it was announced that the country was also looking into making provisions for accelerated Russian citizenship being granted to foreign students who graduate from Russian universities.

This new law will be implemented in August this year, 180 days after its signing by President Putin.

Pic: Felipe Simo

Zahra Hamdani - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Zahra Hamdani is an Ireland-based reporter for Global Education Times who focuses on European and South Asian education news. When she is not writing for GET News, Zahra is a school-teacher and educationist with experience in both Primary and Secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland as well as in Pakistan.

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