Putin signed the law on simplification of obtaining Russian citizenship

MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed a law allowing foreigners to apply for entry to the Russian citizenship without renouncing existing one. The document published on Friday on the official Internet portal legal information.

Now, when applying for admission to the citizenship of the Russian Federation, foreigners must prove that in their country they turned to the authorities with a statement renouncing existing citizenship. By law, this requirement is excluded.

in addition, for applicants of the citizenship of the Russian Federation entitled to a simplified procedure is proposed to eliminate the requirement of residence in the territory of the Russian Federation within three years and the proof of legitimate source of livelihood for adult persons without citizenship if they have citizenship of the USSR, lived or live in countries that were part of it, without obtaining citizenship there. These requirements are also eliminated for foreigners married to Russian citizens for a stay in Russia and the presence of common children, and foreigners, at least one of whose parents is a Russian citizen living in Russia. A simplified procedure for obtaining citizenship will now be extended to citizens of Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan with a valid residence permit, but without following the prescribed period of residence in the Russian Federation.

Also from three years to one year reduces the requirement for employment for admission to Russian citizenship in a simplified order of foreign citizens and persons without citizenship residing in Russia and received after July 1, 2002 education for the major programmes in educational institutions of the Russian Federation, having the state accreditation.

the Law will enter into force 90 days after its official publication.