Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest.
Official languages: Belarusian,Russian
Recognized minority language: Polish, U
What Types of Work Visas Are Issued in Belarus?
Some of your employees may require Type C visas for business during your company’s Belarusian expansion. These visas cover short stays for business meetings, conferences, training, and more in Belarus. Employees who plan to remain in Belarus for employment on a long-term basis will need to obtain a Type D visa.
International employees will also need a work permit before beginning their employment in Belarus. This permit is officially known as a “Special work permit in the Republic of Belarus.”
In Belarus, it’s up to the employer to initiate the application process for a work permit. The employer should submit the completed application to the Department of Internal Affairs, along with a copy of the prospective employee’s passport and proof of payment for the processing fee. If the employer plans to hire more than 10 foreign workers, they’ll also need a permit from the Department of Nationality and Migration.
The processing time for a work permit is approximately 15 days. Upon approval of the work permit, prospective employees can apply for a visa to enter Belarus.
A work permit in Belarus is typically issued for one year. However, highly qualified employees may be eligible to receive one that’s valid for two years.
Other Important Considerations for How to Get a Work Visa in Belarus
While Belarus is a European country, your company should note that it’s not currently a member state of the European Union (EU). As a result, the country’s work visa requirements apply to the majority of foreign nationals, including those who are citizens of countries within the EU. That said, Belarus does have special agreements with certain countries — including the Russian Federation, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Armenia — that allow citizens to work in the country without a permit.