Russian Government has approved a bill, which shortens the processing time for the citizenship applications filed via simplified procedure.
Thus, bill provides for the amendment of the following procedures:
- Decisions on granting citizenship and on exit from Russian citizenship in relation to applicants residing in Russia, as well as participants of the State program for relocation of compatriots living abroad, as well as other applicants, filing for citizenship via simplified procedures – within 3 months (instead of 6 months);
- Decisions on granting citizenship and on exit from Russian citizenship in relation to applicants residing outside of Russia and filing for citizenship via simplified procedures – within 6 months;
- Reviewing of application for citizenship and decision on such application – within 3 months (instead of 6 months) from the date of filing.
| !!! Citizenship application procedure: |
Stage 1: Reviewing application for citizenship (processing time – 3 months, instead of 6 months);
Stage 2: Provided that Stage 1 has been successfully completed: Decision on granting Russian citizenship or denying Russian citizenship: – simplified procedure – 3 months or 6 months (depending on the circumstances); – standard procedure – 1 year.
Government Order from 14.10.2019, № 2416-р «Federal Law bill «Amendment of articles 35 and 41.5 of the Federal Law «On the citizenship of Russian Federation»»».
We will keep you posted on the developments. Meanwhile, should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Migration Law Department