The opening of a representative office

A representative office of a foreign legal entity in the territory of the Russian Federation can be opened only with the permission of the authorized body.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the Central Bank of the Russian Federation are the only bodies to carry out this function under the laws of the Russian Federation.

The Permission to open a representative office of a foreign company is valid for 1, 2 or 3 years. The term of the Permission may be further extended.

For the entire period of the Permission a representative office is provided with a full range of services related to the accreditation of the personnel (issuing of personal IDs for foreign employees of the representative office), preparation of invitations to enter the Russian Federation, as well as the processing of multiple-entry visas for the employees and their family members for the city of Moscow. A representative office may also apply to all structures of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. After receiving the Permission to open a representative office in the Russian Federation, the representative office of a foreign company shall register for taxation.