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Regarding the new minimum knowledge requirements for foreign citizens

21.06.2021

The Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Mishustin, approved new requirements for the minimum level of knowledge required for passing exams by foreign citizens.

The requirements for the level of knowledge of a foreign citizen in the Russian language are set depending on what document he / she draws up:

1)When applying for a work permit or a patent to work in the Russian Federation, a foreign citizen must:

• understand information by ear;

• be able to read texts from social and domestic or socio-cultural spheres, including on the topics of hiring, contacting the police, state agencies, clinics, etc.

• be able to fill out questionnaires and forms.

2) When applying for a temporary residence permit in the Russian Federation, a foreign citizen must:


• start communication, be able to introduce yourself;

• be able to express thanks and to apologize;

• be able to ask questions;

• be able to express suggestions and wishes;

• be able to express your attitude, give an assessment of the subject, fact, event.

3) When applying for a residence permit in the Russian Federation, a foreign citizen must:

• know  etiquette  phrases;

• know how to communicate information;

• be able to give ratings;

• initiate and maintain a dialogue;

• change the dialog according to the situation.

As for the knowledge of the history of Russia, a foreign citizen should know:

• main facts and events from the history of Russia;

• the main national-cultural and religious traditions of Russian society;

• names of the capital and other major cities;

• names of prominent figures of Russia and the USSR;

• major public holidays.

As for knowledge of the basics of legislation, a foreign citizen should know the basic rights, freedoms and obligations of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation.

Educational organizations included in the list can issue certificates of proficiency in the Russian language, knowledge of the history and fundamentals of the legislation of the Russian Federation.

The validity periods of the certificates are as follows:

• Certificate for obtaining a work permit and patent-valid for 3 years.

• Certificate for obtaining a temporary residence permit-valid for 3 years.

• Certificate for obtaining a residence permit-valid indefinitely, but it ceases to be valid when the residence permit is canceled.

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