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7 Reasons and Benefits of becoming a Russian citizen

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7 reasons and benefits of becoming a citizen of the Russian Federation.

If you’d like to become a citizen of the Russian Federation here is your brief guide. But before that, why would you want to become a citizen of the Russian Federation? Although become a Russian citizen or a citizen of any other country could be difficult or a bit difficult depending on the method one chooses

7 Benefits of becoming a Russian citizen

Becoming a citizen of the Russian Federation open the way to a very wide range of opportunities and benefits, Few of the benefits of becoming a Russian citizen is listed below and explained;

  • Voting rights
  • Free health care
  • Access to Free Education
  • Access to high-end jobs
  • Access to pension
  • Housing
  • Paid Maternity Leave

Voting rights

A person that holds citizenship to the Russian Federation is entitled to participate in voting and to be voted for.

Free health care

As a Russian citizen you’re entitled to to free medical care and services in the Russian Federation.

Access to Free Education

With possession of Russian citizenship, you’re entitled to quality free education if you have kids this is also applicable to them.

Access to high-end jobs

You can get any category of jobs on the job listings in Russia if you become a citizen of the Russian Federation.

Access to pension

You’re entitled to start receiving pension from the Federal government when you turn 56 year old of age.

Housing

When you become a Russian citizen, and you have more than 3 children you’re entitled to receive a portion of land, and building material to build your own house.

Paid Maternity Leave

A pregnant woman after putting to bed is entitled to a paid maternity leave of 1 year plus. After her maternity leave she’ll resume work. That is, your job is secured and guaranteed.

3 ways to become Russian citizen

  • Through investments
  • Through residence permit
  • Through marriage
  • By birth
  • By Naturalization through a simplified process

Through investments

Recently the Russian government announced its plan to u veil a gold visa program. This is an open door for foreigners to become a Russian citizen.

But first of all, this program enables an investor to get a permanent residence permit after investing about 130k dollars into the Russian economy and employment of about 10 to 12 Russian citizens. Then Subsequently then investors can apply after a period of 5 years to become a Russian citizen.

Through residence permit

If you’re a holder of a Russian permanent residence permit or temporary residence permit which has a duration of 3 years for the first issuance which can be renewed for another period of 5 years. After renewing it to a 5 year permit, you can as well move ahead to apply for a Russian citizenship or you can patiently wait until you have lived in Russia for the period of 5 years before applying.

Through marriage

One can easily get Russian citizenship through marriage. But first, you have to go through the process of getting a residence permit which has a duration of 3 years before it’s expiration you can apply for Russian citizenship or renew your residence permit.

Russian Citizenship by birth

A child can claim Russian citizenship through birth if they fall fall into any of the category:

  • both parents are Russian citizens
  • if one of the parents is a citizen of the Russian Federation and the other is stateless
  • one parent is a citizen of the Russian Federation and the other is a foreign national and the child is born in Russia
  • one parent is a citizen of the Russian Federation and the other is a foreign national and the child is born outside Russia and hasn’t been granted citizenship of any foreign country
  • both parents are foreign nationals living in Russia, if the child is born in Russia and hasn’t been granted citizenship of any foreign country
  • a child in Russia without parents, if still parent-less after a 6 month period
  • a child to a single Russian parent

By naturalization through a simplified process

Certain categories of foreign nationals can apply for Russian citizenship through a simplified process of naturalization if they are permanent residents in the Russian Federation. These foreign nationals must fall in the categories listed below;

  • were married to a citizen of the Russian Federation for at least 3 years
  • are a child or a disabled person with a legal guardian who is a citizen of the Russian Federation
  • have a disability and have a capable child who is a citizen of the Russian Federation
  • have a disability and are from a defunct USSR country
  • were USSR citizens born in Soviet Russia
  • are from a former USSR country and were legally residing in Russia on 1 July 2002
  • are citizens of defunct USSR states who have received secondary, vocational, or higher education in Russia after 2002
  • have one parent who is a citizen of the Russian Federation living in Russia
  • had former USSR citizenship but have not taken citizenship of any former USSR country
  • World War Two veterans who were citizens of the defunct USSR

Requirements

If you have a permanent Russian resident permit you need to pass the Russian language and history test. Pass a medical screening test to certify you do not have any transmittable disease.


Although, before issuing the residence permit you must go through the language and Russian history test. And this is repeated when applying for citizenship.

If you’re married to a Russian citizen you’ll need to have lived in Russia on residence permit for 3 years.
You’ll need to pass medical screening test which a copy of it will be included in your application.

You’ll need to pass the Russian language and history test.
Note: Before you’re issued a residency in Russia you also go through these tests. And while applying for citizenship you’re also required to go through them again.

List of required documents

  • Proof that you have lived in Russia for up to 5 years. That’s a copy of your residence permits
  • Proof of the knowledge of Russian language, legislature, and History
  • Medical screening certificate/statement
  • Birth certificate/age declaration translated and notarized
  • Copy of your national passport translated and notarized
  • If you’re denouncing your nationality then you’re required to show proof
  • If you’re married to a Russian citizen you’re required to provide a copy of your marriage certificate and a copy of the Russian passport of your spouse
  • 4 x passport-sized photographs

Note: The new Russian immigration law allows citizens of other nationals to keep their national status while applying for Russian citizenship i.e Foreigners can hold dual citizenship.

Cost of getting a Russian citizenship

The Russian citizenship cost is $ 48 USD, (β‚½3500 Rub) for the application. The cost of a Russian passport for children is $22 USD (β‚½1500 Rub), and for adults is $ 48 USD, (β‚½3500 Rub).

Who are exempted from paying the cost?

Citizens from the defunct USSR countries who are yet to take up citizenship in these countries, as well as orphaned children, are exempted from this fee.

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