How to Work in Russia as a Doctor
If you’re planning to work in Russia as a doctor, there are certain steps you must take to make your stay legal and hassle-free. First, contact your nearest Russian consulate to find out what kind of visa you need to enter the country and how long it will be valid for. Once you’ve obtained your visa, book your travel arrangements with the airline and hotel that you want to use and print out your travel itinerary. Finally, familiarize yourself with the healthcare system of Russia so you know what to expect once you arrive there.
About working in Russia
There are many things that you should know about how to work in Russia, but the main thing is that it is a very different culture than we have here. Russians are used to doing things differently and you can be successful if you are able to integrate into their culture. You will need patience and understanding. Understanding of how they do things over there is key to success. They live with a different pace and style. If you want to succeed there, make sure your boss understands this too so that they don’t feel like you’re trying to slow them down or change them for our way of life here.
In order to work in Russia, you need:
1) A diploma from an institute of higher education and
2) A corresponding state license. You must also have at least five years of experience working under the supervision of a doctor. The final step is registration with the Ministry of Health, which will allow you to start work in Russia. Once you are registered, you are eligible for all social benefits offered by the Russian government.
The Russian Federation Labor Code
The first part is mostly about definitions and general provisions for labor regulation. It contains ten chapters, with various sections within them. The second chapter of the code deals with types of work, including regulating working hours and breaks. The third chapter deals with wages and payslips, while the fourth covers sickness absence benefits.
Chapter five discusses matters related to employment contracts – termination of the contract and resignations. Chapter six covers employment disputes, including those related to discrimination (by age or gender). Chapter seven talks about maternity leave benefits and parental leaves (in case you want some time off to take care of your children). Chapter eight covers what happens if you are on long-term sick leave.
Types of Employment
If you want to work in Russia, there are many different ways for you to do so. The first thing that you will need is a visa. You can do this by applying through the Russian consulate or embassy in your home country. Once they have approved your application, you will receive a visa sticker which will allow you entry into the country. If your profession requires certification and accreditation, such as lawyers, accountants, and doctors, then it’s required that you have these documents before entering the country.
Foreign Workers Compensation Fund (FWCF)
If you are working for a company which is registered with the Foreign Workers Compensation Fund (FWCF), then your employer is responsible for ensuring that you are covered. If your employer does not offer coverage, or if you do not work for an FWCF-registered company, then it’s up to you to buy coverage from the FWCF. The price of FWCF insurance depends on how long you will be living and working in Russia and can vary from $3-$7 USD per day.
Temporary Residence Permits
If you are working for an international company and plan on staying in Russia more than 180 days, you may qualify for temporary residence. Temporary residence permits allow you to stay and work in Russia indefinitely and can be renewed every year. There are two types of temporary residency permits: D visas (long-term) and F visas (temporary). The F visa is only good for three months, but it can be renewed if your contract lasts longer than three months.
Extending Residency Permit
If you want to extend your residency permit, then you will need an employer who is willing and able to help you with this process. This means that the company needs to be willing to register and pay for your work permit, and also be registered by Rosmolodezh. If you have been working at this company for more than three months, they should have already done this. If not, they will need to apply for registration within 15 days of hiring you.
Working at Private Clinics (Privatization)
Private clinics are one of the newest development in the healthcare sector. In Russia, for example, private clinics have been on the rise since 2000. These clinics are mainly funded through privatization and operate according to market principles.
As with any other business, setting up a clinic is both expensive and time-consuming work. The first thing to do is find a suitable location for your clinic. This might seem like an easy task, but there are many factors that will affect your decision.
Employment opportunities for foreign doctors outside Moscow and St. Petersburg
Russia is one of the most challenging places for foreigners to work. There are few opportunities for doctors outside Moscow and St. Petersburg, where the majority of hospitals are located. The best chance for foreign doctors looking for work in Russia is in teaching positions or at international organizations like Doctors without Borders (MSF) or United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).