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Registration of Foreign Citizens on the Territory of the Russian Federation

Procedure of Obtaining Russian Citizenship Has Been Simplified

15.06.2012

According to the latest changes in the regulations “On the Procedures for the Consideration of Issues for Citizenship of the Russian Federation” foreign citizens or stateless person submitting an application for the acquisition of Russian citizenship are able to confirm knowledge of the Russian language with the help of educational documents issued in a foreign country in which the Russian language is one of the official languages.

Previously, for the acquisition of Russian citizenship documents certifying aptitude in the Russian language were:

1. State approved document on the completion of education (at least a basic general education), issued by the educational institution (organization) in a state which was part of the USSR up until September 1, 1991

2. State approved document on the completion of education (at least a basic general education), issued by the educational institution in the Russian Federation after September 1, 1991.

3. A certificate of passing state testing in the Russian language (at least at a basic level of general proficiency in Russian), issued by the educational institutions approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation in Russia as well as abroad.

4. A document regarding education issued in a foreign country and having an entry in the application for study of the Russian language with a notarized translation and proof of its educational equivalent.

The identified addition is intended to make easy the acquisition of Russian citizenship by citizens of foreign countries in which the Russian language is one of the official languages.


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