Russia passes a law to simplify the procedure for obtaining citizenship by foreigners

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17 April 2020

The State Duma of the Russian Federation on Friday adopted a bill that would allow foreigners not to renounce their citizenship upon entry into Russian citizenship, APA reports citing TASS.

Now, when applying for entry into Russian citizenship, foreigners must confirm that in their country they have applied to the authorized bodies with a statement on renunciation of existing citizenship. The bill excludes this requirement. It is specified that the Ministry of Internal Affairs will receive notifications from citizens of the Russian Federation on the presence or termination of citizenship of another state and keep a record of such notifications in accordance with the rules established by the Cabinet.

At the moment, such a rule applies only to residents of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine. After the bill comes into force, it will apply to citizens of all foreign countries. State Duma deputies spoke about the necessity of adopting such amendments at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the head of state-supported the position of parliamentarians, earlier speaker of the lower house Vyacheslav Volodin noted.

In addition, for applicants for citizenship of the Russian Federation who have the right to a simplified procedure, the requirements for living in the Russian Federation for three years and confirming the existence of a legal source of livelihood for adult stateless persons if they had USSR citizenship, lived or live in countries are excluded included in its structure, without obtaining citizenship there. These requirements are also abolished for foreigners married to citizens of the Russian Federation on condition of living in Russia and having common children, as well as for foreigners, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of the Russian Federation living in Russia. By the second reading, a clarification was made in the text of the law, according to which foreigners living in the Russian Federation, who are married to a Russian citizen and have children in it, can apply for citizenship in a simplified manner without observing the condition of living in Russia for at least five years and proof of source of income.

According to the explanatory note, "on the basis of humanitarian considerations, in order to protect the rights and freedoms of man and citizen, being guided by generally recognized principles and norms of international law," the law provides the right to apply for admission to the citizenship of the Russian Federation in a simplified manner with a valid residence permit, but without observing the established period of residence in the Russian Federation to foreign citizens who have citizenship of the Republic of Moldova or Ukraine. These preferences will also apply to citizens of Belarus and Kazakhstan since the Russian language in these countries is "officially used, these persons use it in everyday life."

From three years to one year, the period of employment required to apply for admission to the citizenship of the Russian Federation in a simplified manner for persons who have received education in Russia is reduced.

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