Bill on simplified access to Russian citizenship becomes law
MOSCOW, April 24 (RAPSI) - The law simplifying the procedure of obtaining Russian citizenship by foreigners on Friday was enacted by President Vladimir Putin. The document’s version is published on the official website of legal information.
The law envisages access to Russian citizenship without filing applications for the existing citizenship withdrawal with foreign authorities.
The document also excludes from the law a demand for the 5-year living in Russia and confirmation of a legal earnings for adult persons without citizenship if they had the USSR citizenship, lived or live in the former USSR member states and failed to obtain citizenship of these countries; foreigners who have Russian spouses and children in these marriages; foreign citizens having one or two parents with Russian citizenship and residing in the Russian Federation.
Moreover, the law stipulates a right to file a citizenship application to citizens of Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan having an active residence permit but without a set term of living in Russia.
The legislation also reduces a labor term for foreigners graduating from Russian educational or science institutions from 3 years to 1.
The document will come into force after 90 days from its official publication.