Payment of wages to a foreign worker

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Each employee is obliged to receive wages based on the results of their activities.

According to the Federal Law “On Currency Regulation and Currency Control”, wages to foreign employees are paid only in non-cash form through bank accounts on the basis of an employment contract between a foreign employee and an employer, by transferring electronic funds to bank cards.

In accordance with the legislation, the payment of wages in cash to non-resident foreign workers is prohibited.

Foreign workers permanently residing in the Russian Federation on the basis of a residence permit provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation are allowed to pay salaries in cash from the employer’s cash desk.

The procedure for receiving a salary by a foreign worker is considered a foreign exchange transaction, and its violation entails the imposition of an administrative fine.

The implementation of foreign exchange transactions, settlements for which are made without bank accounts, provides for administrative liability in the form of a fine on the employer: individual entrepreneurs and legal entities in the amount of three-fourths to one amount of the amount of illegal foreign exchange transactions (the amount of wages paid to foreign citizens in cash), and for officials – from 20 thousand to 30 thousand rubles.

The term for bringing to administrative responsibility is two years from the date of payment of wages from the employer’s cash desk.

If the employer employs a foreign citizen, he must offer the employee to open a bank account with the subsequent receipt of a card for the transfer of wages.

The employer, according to general practice, submits to the bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs a report in quarterly form, with the transfer of wages and the date of payment.

Thus, compliance with all measures for the payment of wages will allow the company to operate in accordance with current legislation.