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Registration of Foreign Citizens on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Regarding changes in legislation concerning obtaining citizenship of the Russian Federation


The President of the Russian Federation has signed a bill to reduce the length of employment of foreign workers and stateless persons from 3 years to 1 year, which gives them the right to a simplified admission to obtain Russian citizenship.

The condition for this simplification is the employment activity in the Russian Federation by profession (specialty, position), which is included in the list of professions (specialties, positions) of qualified specialists who have the right to apply for citizenship of the Russian Federation under the simplified procedure.

This list was approved by the order of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Russian Federation, dated 13 July, 2015 N 446n.

Foreign workers and stateless persons working in the Russian Federation by profession (specialty, position) included in the above list have the right to apply for citizenship without observing the condition of residence with a residence permit for 5 years on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Previously, in order to use this right, it was necessary to carry out Labour activity in the professions specified in the list not less than 3 years. According to the amendments, the Labour activity should be carried out for at least 1 year.

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