Ministry of Economic Development
of the Russian Federation


Becoming Investor

Investor’s Legal Status in the SEZs in Russia

An investor who is planning to start business in a SEZ and use the preferences provided by the government should get the status of a SEZ resident.

The procedure of acquiring such status receipt is easy, transparent and established by the legislation of the Russian Federation (the Federal Law No. 116-FZ of July 22, 2005 "On the Special Economic Zones in the Russian Federation").

Both a Russian company and a foreign investor can get the resident status. To do this it is necessary to register a Russian legal entity that will perform business activity in the territory of the SEZ and benefit from the provided preferences. Foreign capital share in the charter fund is not limited.

The process of acquiring the resident status takes about 30 days.

The Claimant for the resident status shall submit a request for concluding a Standard Business Activity Agreement and Business Plan drawn up according to the approved form to the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia.

Assistance in Document Preparation for the Resident Status Request Submittal Shall be Provided by the Department for Special Economic Zones and Project Financing of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia