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Changes in the procedure for receiving Russian citizenship

08.04.2014

A draft law simplifying the procedure for receiving Russian citizenship for those who are Russian native speakers and whose relatives in a direct ascending line lived on the territory of Russia was announced at the end of March.

The Federal Migration Service prepared a federal draft law simplifying the procedure for receiving Russian citizenship for those who are Russian native speakers and for those whose relatives in a direct ascending line or they themselves have lived on the territory of the Russian Federation (including the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire) and upon the condition of renouncing citizenship of the other country or in the absence of such.

It is planned that the recognition of a foreign citizen as a Russian native speaker will be confirmed by a Commission. A foreign citizen will then be issued notification confirming the possibility of receiving citizenship of the Russian Federation and that an application to the foreign state authority is required regarding the renouncing of his or her existing citizenship.

It provides for the issuance of a regular travel visa in order to receive citizenship of the Russian Federation in addition to the possibility of obtaining a residency permit forgoing the preliminary step of obtaining a temporary residency permit and residing at least one year on the territory of the Russian Federation. Moreover, applications for Russian citizenship will be considered in a simplified manner and the process will take no longer than 3 months.

It is also proposed to reduce the period of consideration of applications for Russian citizenship from 6 to 3 months for the participants of the State program to assist the voluntary resettlement to the Russian Federation of compatriots living abroad.

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