The Federation Council members approved an act requiring migrants who have applied for a temporary residence permit, residence permit, work permit or patent to confirm their knowledge of Russian language, history and laws.
Foreign citizens have to prove this knowledge with special documents, such as:
• certificate that confirms Russian language skills and knowledge of history and laws (it is valid for five years from the date of issue);
• state document on education (at least basic education) issued by an educational institution in the state that was the part of the USSR up until September 1, 1991;
• state document on education or qualification that was issued to those who had successfully passed the state final examination on the territory of the Russian Federation after September 1, 1991.
These requirements are also applicable to migrants who have already received residence permits or work permits until January 1, 2015, and want to renew it.
However, certain categories of people don’t have to confirm their knowledge of Russian language, history and laws, including those who are:
• incapacitated or partially incapacitated foreigners;
• foreigners under 18;
• foreign men who have reached the age of 65 and foreign women who have reached the age of 60;
• participants of the State program to assist the voluntary resettlement to the Russian Federation of compatriots living abroad and their relatives who want to resettle with them;
• highly qualified foreign specialists and their relatives who have applied for a residence permit;
• foreign students of Russian colleges and universities with state-accredited basic educational programs.