A Russian Federal Government Decree was announced by Sochi 2014 Friday to make it faster and easier for non-Russian citizens to work with Sochi 2014 ahead of and during the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Under the new system foreign citizens with an official employment contract with Sochi 2014 will, on the application of Sochi 2014 to the Federal Immigration Service, have their application for Work Permission completed within five working days. If the application is not approved, reasons will have to be given. The system is open to all nationalities. Contractors will not be subject to nationality based immigration quotas for international workers currently in place in Russia.
Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of Sochi 2014 said, “we are in the process of assembling leading Russian and international professionals to join our Sochi 2014 team. This decree makes it easier and simpler for us to see the best talent from across the world, setting a benchmark for future projects in Russia.
“The Games are a universal event and openly seeing expertise from all parts of the world will help us to achieve our vision of hosting the most innovative and inspirational Winter Games ever”, he said.
He added, “this is another example of the faultless support from the Russian Government who are fully committed to Sochi 2014 as a priority national project”.
The Russian Government has also promised visa free entry to Russia for the 2014 Games for accredited members of the Olympic Family, including the International Olympic Committee, athletes, media, International Sports Federations and National Olympic Committees.