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Russian residence permit

Residence permit (a.k.a. Green card) is an official document allowing a foreign national to reside and work in Russia. Unlike visa, residence permit is issued if an applicant is going to stay in Russia for a relatively long period of time (one year or longer). Obtaining a residence permit is an important step to immigrating to Russia and becoming a Russian citizen.

Types of residence permit

According to the Russian immigration rules, a foreign national can get a Temporary or a Permanent residence permit.
Usually the immigration procedure consists of three major steps:

Application for a Russian residence permit

The procedure of obtaining a Russian residence permit (green card) is generally the same for all nationals: Americans, Canadians, Indians, or South Africans. An applicant is required to confirm at least basic knowledge of Russian language, history and law, get necessary medical certificates and prepare a package of documents. The exact list of the required documents may differ depending on the specific situation. Some categories of applicants are exempt from the language test and may enjoy a simplified application procedure. When everything is ready, an applicant has to submit all the documents to a local office of migration authorities. Application processing usually takes 2-4 months.

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