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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 resident 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 eligible to apply for a residence permit under simplified procedure which implies shorter processing time period as well as some other privileges. When everything is ready, an applicant has to submit all the documents to a local office of migration authorities. The processing time may take for up to six months.

How to get a Russian residence permit?

There are two major options to apply for a residence permit:

Immigration Attorney service

Our booklets and services

Check our booklets How to get a Temporary Residence Permit and How to get a Permanent Residence Permit to find out more details on how to pass an exam in Russian language history and law, who is eligible to apply under simplified procedure, what documents should be submitted and many other useful details on Russian immigration policy. Guided by our booklets you will see what you can do yourself and what part of the application process should be delegated to professionals in your particular case.