How to become a citizen of Russia?

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How to become a citizen of Russia?

In 2009, the simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship was terminated. In order to become a full-fledged citizen of the Russian Federation, it is necessary to apply to the FMS bodies at the place of residence.

When a foreigner becomes eligible for citizenship in Russia

One can apply to the authorities for obtaining citizenship after five years of uninterrupted residence in the territory of the Russian state after receiving a residence permit. In addition, a person who wants to obtain citizenship must have a legitimate source of income and be fluent in Russian at a good level. Exceptions are men over 65 years old and women over 60 years old. You also need to contact the embassy of your country with a statement about the renunciation of his citizenship.

In some cases, it is possible to obtain Russian citizenship without renouncing the citizenship of their country. This possibility is regulated between countries by individual treaties.The list of countries with which such agreements are concluded can be found in the FMS.

After a year of living in Russia, one can obtain citizenship if a person has refugee status, he has been granted political asylum in Russia, or he has scientific titles in the field of science or titles in the field of culture. Also, on preferential terms, it is possible to obtain Russian citizenship, if there are special merits to the country.

The military, who served at least three years under a contract in the Russian armed forces, can obtain citizenship without first obtaining a residence permit.

Our article How to obtain Russian citizenship will explain in more detail to you who has the right to obtain Russian citizenship.

Documents required for citizenship

The list of documents for citizenship:

  • Application for citizenship of the Russian Federation;
  • Passport with the stamp "Temporary residence allowed";
  • Residence permit for foreigners;
  • 4 photos 3,5�4,5;
  • Notarized copies of birth, marriage certificates, statements on the refusal of existing citizenship, confirmation of passing the exam in the Russian language, pension certificate.Children need the consent of both parents.
  • Account statement;
  • Receipt of payment of state duty.

After the annexation of the Crimea into Russia, many are interested in the question of how to obtain Russian citizenship in the Crimea. It is worth noting that, according to Article 5 of the accession agreement, citizens who permanently reside in Crimea automatically receive Russian citizenship. For residents of the Crimea, a simplified version is available where you need to apply for a Russian passport, fill out Form 1F and attach 4 photos.