Russian Duma passes bill allowing foreigners to obtain Russian citizenship: What are the requirements?

Today, on Tuesday, the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted in the second and third readings a draft basic law on granting Russian citizenship to “immigrants” in the Russian Federation.

The law is aimed at the consistent implementation of the Concept of the state immigration policy of the Russian Federation for the period 2019-2025, granting Russian citizenship to immigrants to Russia, entering into social relations in Russian society, becoming active members in it.

The law provides for equality between holders of Russian citizenship, regardless of the grounds for acquiring it, while no citizen of the Russian Federation can be deprived of citizenship or the right to change it, and that the residence of any citizen outside Russia does not end. his right to have Russian citizenship, just as a Russian citizen cannot be expelled from the country or extradited to a foreign state.

The law specifies the categories that can obtain Russian citizenship, namely:

1. Persons permanently residing in Russia from the date of issuance of a residence permit until the day of filing an application for admission to citizenship for a period of five years, provided that they speak Russian, are familiar with the history of Russia, the basics of legislation and do not pose a threat to law and order.

2. Stateless persons and foreign citizens born or permanently residing in the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as persons with relatives residing in Russia or residing in one of the regions of the Russian Federation, or who were citizens of the USSR, acquire citizenship without complying with these requirements under place of residence and knowledge of history and the Russian language.

3. Veterans of the Great Patriotic War (World War II), so that a mechanism is provided for applying for citizenship of the Russian Federation by a federal government body or a regional executive body with the issuance of a veteran certificate or certificate of merit, “privileges”, if the approval of these documents before January 1, 1992.

4. Participants in the state program for the resettlement of citizens and members of their families, as well as foreign military personnel who have entered into a contract for service in the Russian armed forces or other troops or military formations for a period of at least one year, have the right to apply for Russian citizenship without being bound by the requirements about permanent residence.

5. Stateless persons who have lived in Russia for at least one year and have been recognized as refugees or who have received political asylum on the territory of Russia.

Foreign citizens are deprived of Russian citizenship if they commit a crime, present false documents, provide false information, or pose a threat to national security.

Source: TASS

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