In this article, I will share my experience working with agents, agencies, and schools and reveal details they usually omit and prefer you not to know.
If you are an experienced teacher and are tired of working for a school, kindergarten or any other institution — obtaining a working visa for yourself is a logical step to an independent freelance career. It can be hard to find and keep private students, in particular here in Russia, they are quite picky. So before we begin, if you have zero teaching experience (helping your younger siblings with their homework doesn’t count), finding a job on our career page
is a good place to start.
If you have a queue of students who are ready to go (not from your school, of course) — let’s begin.
Throughout this article I will include Russian abbreviations or translations — (cursive in parenthesis)
. Also, figures like taxes, minimum salary and visa prices are given at the time of writing — March, 2018. I will only write about visas for foreign teachers from countries outside the former Soviet Union. I will also skip details about miscellaneous documents — copies of passport, immigration card, registration, photos and so on — if you are an experienced teacher these should be a no-brainer. I will, however, describe in scrutiny important details about taxes.